Cape Canaveral, Florida (JFK+50) Mission Specialist Dr. Sally Ride* became the first American woman to fly in space 31 years ago today, June 18, 1983.
Dr. Ride's accomplishment came 22 years after cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's record setting space flight for the Soviet Union.
Sally Ride and her fellow astronauts lifted off from here at Cape Canaveral aboard the space shuttle Challenger on a six day mission.
Ride became the third woman to fly in space following Tereshkova (1961) and another Soviet cosmonaut, Svetima Savitskaya (1982).
Dr. Ride flew on the Challenger again in 1984 and logged a total of 14 days, 7 hours and 46 minutes in space.
*Sally Kristen Ride (1951-2012) was born in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BS, MS and PhD. in physics at Stanford University. She joined NASA in 1978.
SKR died on July 23, 2012 at the age of 61.
SALT II TREATY SIGNED IN VIENNA 35 YEARS AGO
Vienna, Austria (JFK+50) President Jimmy Carter and Soviet General Secretary Leonoid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks II agreement 35 years ago today, June 18, 1979, here in Vienna.
The treaty set up guidelines and restrictions on nuclear weapons.
SALT II was not ratified by Congress because of the Soviet attack on Afghanistan. The treaty met with much criticism in the US as it was seen as a sell-out to the Soviets.