On June 18, 1983 American physicist and astronaut Sally Ride became the very first American woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger for NASA mission STS-7. The mission successfully deployed two communications satellites and conducted pharmaceutical experiments. Sally Ride was the first woman to use the robot arm in space and the first to use the arm to retrieve a satellite. This was (and still is) an awesome and inspirational milestone for girls and women alike.

In 1984 Sally Ride appeared on Sesame Street where she demonstrated the letter A, as in astronaut. In the second photo Sally is posing with Grundgetta, best friend and girlfriend of Oscar the Grouch.