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    • Jana Perskie

      MY HERO!!! May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman to enter into low Earth orbit in 1983

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      On June 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Women in Aviaition and Space History)


      Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has died of cancer at age 61. On June 18, 1983, Ride was 32 when she launched aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. She was a physicist and helped develop the shuttle's robotic arm. #WINS2012

    • Still Waters

      Almost a year after her death, NASA is paying renewed tribute this week to Sally Ride, America's first woman in space. Ride's day in the spotlight came on Tuesday, for a simple reason: It's been 30 years since her history-making flight on June 18, 1983. Thousands thronged to the shuttle Challenger's launch, wearing T-shirts and buttons emblazoned with the slogan "Ride, Sally, Ride."

    • Melissa Mannon

      Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, passed away at the age of 61, leaving behind her longtime female partner.

    • National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian

      Sally Ride, 1980. On June 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. She was named a mission specialist on the seventh flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983 and flew on a second mission in 1984. Following the 1986 Challenger disaster, Ride served on the investigation committee. She left NASA in 1987 to pursue an academic career. Photo courtesy of NASA. NASM-97-15070

    • Lourdes Dillard

      When Challenger 7 launched, she carried the first American woman into space: Sally Ride, who died today. When C7 landed, I was being born in Houston, TX, the Space City. Sally has been a role model an inspiration my entire life. My 1st day of HS, I put my C7 mission patch on my backpack b/c I too was going somewhere big, new, terrifying. “She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars.” - Barack Obama. I hope I never live in a world that doesn’t know celebrate her legacy.

    • Holly Jones-Whittey

      Sally Ride (1952-2012) passed away, she was 61.She became the first woman to join a NASA space mission when the Challenger launched 1983. She died on July 23, after battling pancreatic cancer for a 1 1/2 years. Ride joined NASA in 1978, after responding to a newspaper advertisement. After leaving NASA, she was committed to inspring young people, and young women in particular, to pursue the sciences. In 2010, she founded the Sally Ride Science Institute, an organization committed to that cause.

    • Katie Clayton

      Sally Ride - The first woman astronaut. I can't help but admire her.

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