On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off from Kennedy Space Center aboard the space shuttle Challenger for a 147-hour mission. NBC’s Robert Bazell Reports from Cape Canaveral, Fl.
Sally Ride, the first US woman in space, captured the nation's imagination with her historic journey into space. NBC’s Rehema Ellis looks back at the intrepid astronaut’s life and legacy after she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.
NASA astronaut Sally Ride, poses, in June 1983 in Johnson Space Center, Houston. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crewmember on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7 mission, 18 June 1983. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Astronaut Sally Ride sits in the aft flight deck mission specialist's seat during de-orbit preparations in this NASA handout photo released June 18, 2013. On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when the space shuttle Challenger launched on mission STS-7. As one
Former astronaut Sally Ride, left, and her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, discuss the role of women in science and how the earth's climate is changing during a 2008 American Library Association conference in Anaheim, Calif. Ride and O'Shaughnessy collaborated on several children's books on science.
See images from the life and career of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.