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Launching Into History http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2285.html 06/18/2012 12:00 AM EDT On June 18, 1983, a young physicist from California took her seat aboard the space shuttle and launched into history. On that date, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a mission specialist on STS-7. In this image, Ride monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the flight deck. Image Credit: NASA