- Posted June 15, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The final shuttle
STS-7 Sally Ride's Challenger in 1983
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
There were various signs in1983 that proudly announced: "Ride, Sally Ride!" At 7:33 a.m. EDT on June 18, Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut launched into space. I had driven down from New Jersey to view this historic event. My hometown, South River, had a cable TV station and was looking for programming. There was no money involved. It was purely voluntary but I seized the opportunity to get in as Press at NASA-KSC.
After the flawless launch, we had 6 days before the much anticipated historic first landing at KSC's new Shuttle Landing Facility. After a few days of touring, I returned for the big event. I spent the night looking for photo ops as I tried to stay awake. Fog wafted through the darkness as we eagerly waited. We tried to blow it away but the weather won. Challenger landed in California just before 10:00 a.m. PDT at Edwards AFB.