Mission Accomplished

Sally Ride and friends have the time of their lives

It was almost, but not quite, a perfect performance. As the early morning sun glinted off its wings, Challenger came swooping out of the skies like a giant California condor and touched softly down right on the runway's center line. "Great-looking landing," said Mission Control against a background of cheers and applause. About the only thing that marred the conclusion of the seventh shuttle mission, highlighted by the presence of the first American woman in space, was some damage to the shuttle's brakes...

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