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On This Day in History - June 18, 1983

On This Day in History - June 18, 1983

NASA portrait of Sally Ride, 1984. Credit: NASA Sally Ride was born in Encino, California on May 26, 1951. She was the eldest of two daughters. Her father was a professor of political science and her mother was a counselor. Though neither of them had a background in the physical sciences, Sally credited them for fostering her deep interest in science by encouraging her to explore the world around her. Ride attended Westlake High School for Girls, a prep school in Los Angeles, on a partial tennis scholarship. After graduating, she made a brief foray into professional tennis but soon...

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On This Day in History - June 13, 1927

On This Day in History - June 13, 1927

Charles Lindburgh in front of the Spirit of St. Louis. Credit: charleslindburgh.com On this day in 1927, the city of New York honored famed aviator Charles Lindbergh with a ticker tape parade to celebrate his flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. At just 25 years old, Lindbergh flew nonstop from New York to Paris, and according to the New York Times, an estimated four million people attended the ticker-tape parade throughout the city to celebrate his journey. Over the next several months Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis visited...

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On This Day in History - June 9, 1989

On This Day in History - June 9, 1989

Capt. Jane Foster (left) and Capt. Deanna Brasseur (right) Credit: Legion Magazine Deanna “Dee” Brasseur recalls being 11 or 12 years old and riding her bicycle to the end of a runway at the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) base in Centralia, Ontario, where her father was posted, and endlessly watching trainer airplanes take off and land. There, she thought, if only I could be a pilot one day. At the time, in the mid 1960s, the RCAF did not permit women to become pilots. Two decades later Deanna Brasseur along with Jane Foster would become not only Canada’s first...

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On This Day in History - May 24, 1962

On This Day in History - May 24, 1962

Astronaut Scott Carpenter wearing his Mercury spacesuit, 1962. Credit: NASA Astronaut Scott Carpenter flew only one mission, a relatively short three orbit Mercury flight on May 24, 1962. Carpenter was Glenn's backup for the Friendship 7 mission and became the fourth American in space and second American to orbit Earth. He had been training closely with Glenn for months, and was the best prepared astronaut the agency had. John Glenn had proved that an astronaut could be more than just a passenger in space, so with its second orbital mission NASA decided to really push the astronaut into a central...

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On This Day in History - May 18, 1969

On This Day in History - May 18, 1969

Apollo 10 crew left to right, Eugene Cernan, Thomas Stafford and John Young. Credit: NASA Launched from Cape Kennedy on May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 was the fourth manned Apollo mission launched in seven months, and it became the second spacecraft to orbit the moon. Its crew was Commander Thomas Stafford, Lunar Module Pilot Eugene Cernan, and Command Module Pilot John Young. Mission objectives were to gather data on lunar potential, and test the lunar module's programmed trajectories, radar, and flight control systems to prepare for an eventual Moon landing. Apollo 10 on the landing pad at Cape Kennedy, May...

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