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Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong: Space icons get new round of remembrance

18 Jun 2013, 23:59 UTC
Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong: Space icons get new round of remembrance
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NASA is paying renewed tribute this week to Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, as well as to Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, almost a year after their deaths.
Ride's latest day in the spotlight came on Tuesday, for a simple reason: It's been 30 year …

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off from Kennedy Space Center aboard the space shuttle Challenger for a 147-hour mission. NBC's Robert Bazell Reports from Cape Canaveral.By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC NewsNASA is paying renewed tribute this week to Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, as well as to Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, almost a year after their deaths.Ride's latest day in the spotlight came on Tuesday, for a simple reason: It's been 30 years since her history-making flight on June 18, 1983. Thousands thronged to the shuttle Challenger's launch, wearing T-shirts and buttons emblazoned with the slogan "Ride, Sally, Ride.""I didn't really think about it that much at the time ... but I came to appreciate what an honor it was to be selected to ...

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