Sally Ride Challenger launch (Palm Beach Post, 1983)
't Awards to Pyle Kennedy Pulilicr SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 1983 The Poqf SERVING THE SOUTH COUNTY VOL. L NO. 25 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 2 392 PAGES 50 CEfCTS u.s.w bman Meets Challenge of Space '. t t V" If. 'I f r- r- Staff PtwtM y Ruimii rnn Challenger sets off on historic flight, seventh of the shuttle program, with largest crew and first woman Ride Businesslike but Still Enthusiastic Hathaway Column, Bl CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) - Through the pre-flight pre-flight pre-flight hullabaloo, Sally Ride had been circumspect, all business. But during her first hours in space, she didn't try to suppress her enthusiasm describing her launch as "definitely an E ticket." " For aficionados of amusement park thrills, this is something like the ultimate accolade. Both in her elation, and later in her assignment, assignment, Ms. Ride made her presence felt on Day One of an American Woman in Space. She is no retiring rookie. Throughout the early hours of flight, two voices boomed down from 184 miles up the commander, Robert Crippen, and the woman, Sally Ride. Three other astronauts, already anonymous compared to Crippen and Ms. Ride, were content to play a mostly silent, supporting role. When Mission Control did something she didn't like, Ms. Ride let controllers know how she felt. They backed down, subtly, just hours later. She had the major role in the major work of the afternoon deployment of a Canadian communications communications satellite. And when she released it successfully from the cargo bay, she exulted: "That makes it three for three on PAM deploy." She referred to the system that had ejected two similar satellites on an earlier flight. Ms. Ride appeared buoyant in a brief television television show from Challenger's cabin. She was seen smiling, her dark hair floating slightly in weightlessness, weightlessness, as she stood at a console, conducting the satellite countdown. For a moment she and Dr. Norman Thagard played a game of catch, floating a camera back and forth in their zero-gravity zero-gravity zero-gravity world. Her first words from space, as the shuttle neared orbit, were, "See you Friday." referring to the planned return to Earth. A NASA official vowed to "roll out the red carpet." And after Crippen once told the control center there was nothing exciting going on, she interjected: interjected: "I'm not sure I would go along with that." After the payload bay doors were opened, she was photographing cargo in the bay, remotely operating four cameras mounted there. After leaving leaving them for a moment, she noticed they had been turned off. "Did you turn those off?" she asked Mission Control. When the answer was affirmative, she said, with slight irritation: "We have been using those. Maybe in the future the controllers could let us know when they're going to do that." "Roger," Bridges replied. Family, Fans, Facts, A20 Pll Wirt Srvicil CAPE CANAVERAL - After 22 years and 57 men, the United States put a woman in space yesterday. yesterday. Sally Ride, a 32-year-old 32-year-old 32-year-old 32-year-old 32-year-old astrophysicist, went right to work, sending a Canadian satellite satellite spinning out of Challenger's cargo bay. "It sure is fun," she told Mission Mission Control during her first hour in space. And, by the end of the day, she had not changed her mind. As Mission Control bid the astronauts astronauts a good night and thanked them for a great day, Ms. Ride exclaimed: "If you think it was a great day for you, you should have been up here." On the shuttle's seventh turn around Earth, Ms. Ride conducted conducted critical checkout procedures and then pushed the button that ejected the $24 million Anik-C Anik-C Anik-C communications satellite at a precise point over the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Hawaii. Her fellow mission specialist, John Fabian, said, "As previously previously advertised, we deliver." Forty-five Forty-five Forty-five minutes later, the satellite's own rocket motor fired, the first of two "burns" that will place Anik-C Anik-C Anik-C in a park ing orbit over the Pacific. The second firing will be today. The Anik-C, Anik-C, Anik-C, to be parked over the Pacific, will bring satellite pay-TV pay-TV pay-TV to receiving dishes in millions of homes in the northeastern U.S. Ms. Ride's husband, Steve Hawley, an astronaut who is to fly in space for the first time next year bade her farewell from launch control. "Sally, have a ball," he said. A crowd estimated estimated at a half-million half-million half-million urged her upward. In his prepunching commentary, Hugh W. Harris, a public affairs official, official, noted Ms. Ride's repeated efforts to minimize the attention she has received received as the first American woman to become an astronaut. "Dr. Ride emphasizes emphasizes she is a mission specialist and a scientist who also happens to be a woman," he said. The trip has other significant "firsts." If all goes well, Challenger will make the shuttle program's first round trip landing at a concrete Kennedy Kennedy Space Center strip next Friday at 6.53 a.m. And never before have five people gone into orbit on one ship, prompting this boast from NASA: "Space shuttle Challenger has delivered delivered to space the largest human pay-load pay-load pay-load of all time four men, one woman." woman." In his weekly radio address, President President Reagan called Ms. Ride an example example of the great strides women have made. He wished the crew well and 1 r' J t r A n ! ; J Sally Ride, Robert Crippen . . . John Fabian (rear) boarding added, "Nancy and I look forward to being on hand to greet them when they land next Friday." The others aboard Flight Seven hardly were heard during the early hours of the journey. They are Fabian. 43, pilot Hick Hauck, 42, and Dr. Norman Norman Thagard, 39. Thagard, a physician, will conduct experiments many on himself - to learn why so many astronauts become ill in space. Fabian and Ms. Ride are responsible for launching the communications communications satellite for Canada and another another one for Indonesia, and for using the ship's 50-foot 50-foot 50-foot crane later In the flight to release an instrument package package and retrieve it. That maneuver is necessary for lat er flights when shuttles will haul in ailing satellites for repair. During 96 circuits of the globe, the astronauts also will conduct more than 20 science and materials processing processing experiments. As Challenger accelerated from standstill to 17,400 rnph in 10 minutes. Ms. Ride was enthusiastic. Robert Crippen, more laconic, said after the craft reached orbit, "Nice flying machine machine " He was the pilot, with John W. Young, of the shuttle Columbia on its first flight and had now become the first astronaut to make a second shuttle shuttle flight.