Happy Birthday Sally Ride Lived: May 26, 1951 – Jul 23, 2012 (age 61)
Dr. Sally Ride (1951-2012) was the first and youngest American woman to go into space. In January 1978, she was selected as a candidate astronaut, and proved their decision right! 1983, Dr. Ride was placed on the crew of the Challenger STS-7 making her the first American woman in space! In 1984, she served as a mission specialist on the shuttle STS 41-G. 1985, she was assigned to the STS 61-M but the mission was terminated because of the Challenger shuttle accident. She proved her value to the missions. In 2001, Dr. Ride founded Sally Ride Science, a company that build students’ passion for STEM fields and careers by providing them with the appropriate tools. Although she died in 2012, she continues to inspire many new young astronauts and scientists from all walks of life.
A special thank you to the staff at the Sally Ride Science site for all their support.