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 Column, Bl When Mission Control did something she Her first words from as the shuttle 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 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.