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First American woman in space paves new paths

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Astronaut Sally Ride communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle 'Challenger.' — Bettmann/Corbis

When she felt the rockets beginning to rumble below her as the space shuttle Challenger prepared to blast off, Sally Kristen Ride was just moments away from becoming the first American woman in space. … Back to Article

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