Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly in the space. Her complete name was Sally Kristen Ride. She was born on May 26, 1951, in Encino, California. She initially wanted to become a professional tennis player. Sally enrolled at Stanford University in California and earned her bachelor’s degrees in Physics and English. Then she went on to earn a master and a Ph.D. in physics, specifically in astrophysics. She was hired as an astronaut by NASA in 1977. Two years later, she became qualified to be an astronaut on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Quick Facts: –
- Sally became the first American woman and also the youngest American in space on June 18, 1983.
- She worked as the mission specialist and helped deploy satellites. Her job was also to work the robotic arm.
- She went into space again in 1984 on the 13th Space Shuttle flight mission STS 41-G.
- Sally Ride was asked twice to serve as NASA’s Head Administrator by President Bill Clinton but she turned down.
- She stopped working for NASA in 1987 and started teaching at the University of California.
- She also became the director of the California Space Institute at the University of California.
- Sally K Ride Impact Site is a spot on the Moon which is named after her.
- She received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the von Braun Award, and the Theodore Roosevelt Award, NASA Space Flight Medal.
- Sally was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
- Sally flew on the space shuttle Challenger twice. She was one of the seven crew members.
- She also has two elementary schools in the United States named after Sally Ride.
- Sally Died on July 23, 2012, because of pancreatic cancer.
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