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1983 - First American woman in space
Mission specialist Sally Ride becomes the first American woman to enter space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Her birthday was celebrated in 2015 with a Google Doodle.
2009 - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launches at 17:32 EDT for a one-year exploration of the Moon’s surface at a polar orbit only 31 miles from the surface. Its mission: to conduct investigations to enable a human return to the Moon.
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