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Good Monday Morning everyone!

On this day in 1983, Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space returned safely to Earth in the Challenger space shuttle after a successful six-day flight.

The former tennis champion, decided to become an astronaut in 1977 after she saw a Nasa advertisement in the campus newsletter while studying English and physics. She was one of more than 1,000 women and almost 7,000 men to apply for just 35 places on the 1978 training program.

As flight engineer, Ms Ride’s main tasks were to monitor the controls and make sure nothing went wrong on ascent and descent.