SALLY RIDE Sally Ride signs a color publicity photograph of the first shuttle launch. Photograph signed: “Sally K Ride”. Color, 8×10. Official NASA photo. Captioned at upper margin: “First Shuttle Satellite Launch”. Background information printed on verso in English, French, Spanish and German. In part: “A major milestone in the Space Shuttle program was passed with the November 11, 1982, launch of the first commercial satellite, Satellite Business Systems SBS-3…One day later, on the same mission, (STS-5) an identical satellite, Telesat Canada’s ANIK C-3 was launched in the same manner as SBS-3….” Description of photo on front at end of each section: “SBS-3 just moments following its release from a spin table. ANIK C-3 is contained inside another Sun shield to the rear of SBS-3.” Sally Kirsten Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman in space. She and four male colleagues were aboard the Challenger Space Shuttle from June 18-24, 1983, the first five-person crew. It marked the first use of the Remote Manipulator Structure (“Arm”) to deploy and retrieve a satellite. Ride returned to space aboard Challenger, October 5-13, 1984, with five men, including the first Canadian, and another woman. The shuttle deployed the Earth Radiation Budget satellite and used the Sir-B radar system to see beneath the surface of sand. Ride, who resigned from NASA in May 1987, became the Director of the California Space Institute at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Professor of Physics at the University of California at San Diego in 1989. Fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 43271
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