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This Happened — June 18: First U.S. Woman In Space

Sally Ride became the first American woman to go into space on this day in 1983. She was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Challenger, during the STS-7 mission where she spent a total of six days, two hours and 23 minutes in space.

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What was the purpose of the STS-7 mission?

The primary objective of the STS-7 mission was to deploy two communication satellites, the Anik C2 for Telesat Canada and the Palapa B1 for Indonesia. It was also a demonstration of the space shuttle's capability to perform complex tasks in orbit.

What were Sally Ride's responsibilities during the mission?

As a mission specialist, Sally Ride operated the shuttle's robotic arm, known as the Remote Manipulator System (RMS), to deploy and retrieve satellites. She was responsible for operating various onboard systems, conducting experiments, and assisting with other mission tasks.

What was the significance of Sally Ride's journey into space?

Sally Ride's historic journey into space as the first American woman had a profound impact on inspiring and encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Her achievement shattered gender barriers and highlighted the importance of diversity and inclusion in the space program. Ride's legacy continues to inspire generations of aspiring astronauts and serves as a symbol of women's contributions to space exploration.

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

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Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

She arrived when and how she wished. That's how rebellious she is.

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