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18/06/1983 Sally K. Ride becomes America's first woman in space

Sally K. Ride was an American engineer, physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya, but remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

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