クリスタ・マコーリフ - I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies. — Christa McAuliffe, 1985
"Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism -- and literally changed the face of America's space program," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. "The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally's family and the many she inspired. She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly." The first American Woman in space in 1983, died after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer; 23 Jul 2012.
Sally Ride - American physicist and former NASA astronaut. On June 18, 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she blasted off from Cape Canaveral on board the Space Shuttle Challenger. She was 32 at the time, which also made her the youngest American ever to go into space.
From first Latina in space, to head of the Johnson Space Center: Astronaut Ellen Lauri Ochoa, STS-56 mission specialist, takes a brief time out from a busy day in space to play a 15-minute set of flute offerings on the space shuttle Discovery’s aft flight deck. Ochoa, who has played the flute for 25 years, performed the Marine Corps Hymn, Navy Hymn and God Save the Queen for fellow crew members as well as some Vivaldi for herself. (Courtesy NASA)