Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983, as a mission specialist on a NASA Space Shuttle launch that deployed two communications satellites.
Ride worked the robotic arm to help launch the satellites into
Just last month, NASA astronaut Christina Koch set a new record in December 2019,
notching the longest single space flight any woman has ever
completed. Koch, who's still on the International Space Station,
has now spent over 300 consecutive days in space.