Special Report

The Most Important Events in NASA's History

Source: NASA Ames

31. Pioneer flies beyond past solar systems
> Date: June 13,1983

Pioneer 10 flew past our solar system. The spacecraft sent its last signal to Earth in January 2003, when it was 7.6 billion miles away.

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32. Ride first US woman in space
> Date: June 18-24, 1983

Sally K. Ride became the first American woman in space as one of three mission specialists on Space Shuttle Challenger.

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33. First African American astronaut airborne
> Date: Aug. 30, 1983

The Space Shuttle Challenger carried the first African American astronaut, Guion S. Bluford, into space as a mission specialist.

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34. US advances space station project
> Date: Jan. 25, 1984

After a prolonged internal debate about the viability of the space station program, President Ronald Reagan announced during his State of the Union address that the United States would construct a space station within a decade.

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35. Voyager 2 extends voyage
> Date: Jan. 24, 1986-Aug. 25, 1989

Voyager 2 flew by Uranus on Jan. 24, 1986 and past Neptune on Aug. 25, 1989. Voyager is the only spacecraft to study the four giant planets of the solar system up close.

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