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Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman—and then-youngest American, at 32—to enter space. In 1987 she left NASA to work at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. She died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012.
Ride was one of 8,000 people to answer an advertisement in a newspaper seeking applicants for the space program. As a result, she joined NASA in 1978. During her career, Ride served as the ground-based Capsule Communicator (CapCom) for the second and third Space Shuttle flights (STS-2 and STS-3) and helped develop the Space Shuttle’s robot arm. On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7.
A selection of historic photos from the Library of Congress of Memorial Day observances.
Photography by Peter Hvizdak / New Haven Register 111 girls graduated during the 2013 Commencement Exercises at Sac
On Saturday morning, about 3,000 runners and bombing victims gathered in light rain to run the final mile of the wo
These photos, provided by the Library of Congress, detail the Great Reunion, when veterans from the North and South
Veterans and students gather for Bradley Elementary School’s annual Memorial Day Ceremonies. Photos by Melani
Photography by Peter Hvizdak / New Haven Register Sponsored by the Hamden Veterans Commission, over 450 Hamden midd