Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the first woman in space.
On 18 June 1983, space shuttle Challenger and the STS-7 crew launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – and mission specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.
The STS-7 crew, the first five-member crew, deployed two communications satellites and conducted experiments from the Shuttle Pallet Satellite.
Ride later described the launch as “exhilarating, terrifying and overwhelming all at the same time”.
* Pictured: Sally Ride floating in the Challenger flight deck
Image credit: NASA