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Interview with Astronaut Sally Ride and STS-7
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    Call her Dr. Ride
    On becoming an astronaut
    Her experiences aboard the Space Shuttle 
    Other duties at NASA
    The future of the Space Shuttle program
    Her advice to kids who dream of being astronauts
    Footage of STS-7, Ride's first space mission
    Commander Robert Crippen, a Beaumont native, leads the flight crew
    The launch countdown begins 
    Ignition and liftoff!
    View from the Space Shuttle Challenger. Challenger was the second orbiter put into service, completing nine missions. The spacecraft broke apart 73 seconds into its tenth, STS-51-L, on January 28, 1986. All seven crew members aboard died. 
    Ride communicates with Mission Control
    Deploying the Shuttle Pallet Satellite, which conducted various experiments as well as captured video footage of the orbiter
    Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston
    Exercising in zero gravity
    Initiating landing. STS-7 was scheduled to land at the new Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, but poor weather forced the mission to instead land at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
    Touching down
    Disembarking the spacecraft