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Celebrating women in space


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 11:33 AM -


This week marks the 30th anniversary of the first U.S. woman in space. On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride made history when she rode aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Ride was the second woman to go into space, the first was Valentina Tereshkova 19 years earlier.

Sally Ride died of cancer last summer, but left an impressive legacy behind.

After retiring from NASA, she worked as a physics professor, wrote several books and founded a company, Sally Ride Science. The goal of the company was to inspire children to study science, technology, engineering and math.

NASA is making history again this week with the selection of eight new astronaut candidates, four of them are women. That's the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected.

With files from CNN

Three days before launch, Ride takes a last look at Houston before taking off in a T-38 jet, bound for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Courtesy: NASA)

Three days before launch, Ride takes a last look at Houston before taking off in a T-38 jet, bound for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Courtesy: NASA)

STS-7 Mission Specialist Sally Ride poses on aft flight deck with her back to the onorbit station. (Courtesy: NASA)

STS-7 Mission Specialist Sally Ride poses on aft flight deck with her back to the onorbit station. (Courtesy: NASA)

Sally Ride is inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame- June 2003 (Courtesy: NASA)

Sally Ride is inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame- June 2003 (Courtesy: NASA)

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