A view of Earth as seen from the Cupola on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station. Visible in the top left foreground is a Russian Soyuz crew capsule. In the lower right corner, a solar array panel can be seen.
This photo was taken from the ISS on June 12, 2013.
On this day Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7. She is the third woman to go to space being preceded by Soviet Cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya. She was also a physicist and noted as the first known LGBT astronaut. She died July 23, 2013. President Barack Obama announced she will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year.