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'A Woman in the Driver's Seat': Remembering STS-93, First Flight Helmed by a Female Shuttle Commander

The STS-93 crew poses with a model of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This shuttle mission also entered into the history books for having the first female commander (Eileen Collins, here joined by Steven Hawley, Jerry Ashby, Michel Tognini, and Cady Coleman). Photo Credit: NASA

The 2009 book Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to [...]

The Astronaut As Enigma: An Interview With Lynn Sherr, Author of 'Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space'

Journalist Lynn Sherr’s new biography illuminates the professional and personal accomplishments of one very unique spaceflight pioneer: Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. Photo Credit: NASA

Sally Ride, like Neil Armstrong before her, was an American pioneer who was (understandably) more than a little reluctant about being placed under the media’s microscope. [...]

Book Review: 'Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight,' Edited by Michael J. Neufeld


The men with “The Right Stuff” – and the famous book about them with the same name – go under the microscope in the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press’ new offering. Photo Credit: NASA.

Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight was released on July 9 by the Smithsonian [...]

Retro Space Images: Ride, Sally Ride

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Flight Suit Attitude — Thirty years ago today, astronaut Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space. Ride was launched aboard Space Shuttle Challenger with astronauts Bob Crippen, Rick Hauck, John Fabian, and Norm Thagard.


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Ride, Sally Ride: Thirty Years Since America's First Woman in Space (Part 2)


Sally Ride at work on Challenger’s flight deck during STS-7. Her mission opened the door for U.S. women to venture into orbit. Thirty years since her pioneering flight, her legacy is represented aboard the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg. Photo Credit: NASA

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the [...]

Ride, Sally Ride: Thirty Years Since America's First Woman in Space (Part 1)

As an astronaut and as an ambassador for science and exploration, Sally Ride created a lasting impact on society. Photo Credit: NASA

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of America’s first woman into space. On 18 June 1983, physicist Dr. Sally Ride rocketed into orbit aboard Challenger and followed in the footsteps [...]

NASA and the White House Pay Tribute to Sally Ride

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA and President Obama are honoring the life and legacy of Sally Ride on the day a national tribute was held for the first American woman in space.


2012: A Year of Loss

The year 2012 was one of great loss for the aerospace community. The industry lost pioneers in space exploration, role models who inspired generations to strive to push the limits ever higher, and icons who proved that the sky is most certainly not the limit. In this feature AmericaSpace seeks to honor those that left [...]

GRAIL Mission Ends a Complete Success

A poster made for the GRAIL mission. Image Credit: JPL

After launching aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 10, 2011, at 9:08 a.m., and orbiting the Moon for almost a year, the two GRAIL spacecraft, which came to be named Ebb and Flow, have ended their mission with [...]

Spaceflight Pioneer Sally Ride Loses Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Sally Ride was the first U.S. female astronaut to fly in space. Ride rode fire to orbit twice on missions STS-7 and STS-41G on the space shuttle. She lost a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012 – she was 61. Image Credit: Christopher Paluso and San Diego Air and Space Museum