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Women are making history at NASA every day. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, flew aboard the Space Shuttle STS-7 in June of 1983. As of March 2021, 65 women have flown in space, including cosmonauts, astronauts, payload specialists, and space station participants. Celebrate our past and look to our future as we continue to drive innovation and push the envelope. Solve Space by unscrambling this image and learn more about the many women who have contributed in so many valuable ways to space innovation!

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These six mission specialist astronaut candidates were the first women ASCANs to be named by NASA. They are, left to right, Rhea Seddon, Anna L. Fisher, Judith A. Resnik, Shannon W. Lucid, Sally K. Ride and Kathryn D. Sullivan. Along with these candidates, 14 other mission specialist candidates and 15 pilot astronaut candidates were presented during a press conference at the Johnson Space Center on Jan. 31, 1978.

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