Happy Birthday Sally Ride!

       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.

Photo: NASA
A special thank you to the staff at the Sally Ride Science site for all their support.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Donna says:

    Ride Sally Ride….

  2. desleyjane says:

    Happy birthday Sally. What an inspiring woman.

  3. Yes! Ride Sally Ride!

  4. When I saw (on the Google home page) that today was Sally’s birthday, you two were the first ones I thought about! You posted a very nice piece about her career. She definitely is a great role model for young people who are interested in looking to a career in that field!

    Of course, Mr. Quantum is also a space enthusiast. He has a program on his computer called Stellarium (sp?) and when we go out to look at the night sky, (and last night (or was it the night before?) we saw the Moon and Jupiter and Venus all in the same basic part of the night sky. That was quite exciting.

  5. What I meant to say, is that we were able to come back into the house and check on Stellarium just what the other ‘star-like’ objects were.

  6. Thank you for thinking of us! sally Ride was a true inspiration.
    Oh yes! The apps that tell you the location of planets and stars are just fabulous. There are even apps to tell you when the ISS fly’s overhead. it is just wonderful and you feel connected to the program and what they are doing. Amazing.

  7. Got it….lol. great comment like always.

  8. I remember growing up in the 80’s and my teachers stopping class to watch a shuttle launch. I also remember watching The Challenger launch on television as I sat in algebra class. This was such an exciting time of exploration. Too bad our space program isn’t as active today.

  9. The one great thing about our space program is that it has capture our imagination more than ever before and it so much more engaging because of social media. Hopefully the funds are always there for them.

  10. When the shuttles were still going to ISS we had a website which gave us that. I remember a couple of times we were sitting out on our deck waiting to see them fly over. We haven’t tried since we’ve been in the house, but with summer and nights that are warm enough to stay outside and really watch the sky, that will be on our list of things to look for.

  11. So my secret childhood passion was I wanted to be an astronaut. I just always wanted to be able to see the earth from ‘up in the stars.’ It became a secret because the few times I brought it up the response was “Girls aren’t astronauts.” “Where do you get those crazy ideas of yours?”
    “You have no common sense. ” By the time Sally came around I was already married with children, but oh my was I excited and thrilled that women were claiming their role in space. Now I did learn to fly the small Cessnas and it was thrilling. It is such a smart and wonderful change in our world that girl children can have that passion realized and know it is certainly possible and an available career path.

  12. Wow! So sad your dreams were met with obstacles. Now there is such a push to get more involved in science that your statement would be met with …..”this is what you have to do”. Thank you for commenting! It was a big reminder.

  13. The summer skies areaways so enjoyable. We wait for their flyover all the time. Thanks for sharing.

  14. jabrush1213 says:

    One of the greatest pioneers of our time. I am happy that you do these posts of people who have done amazing things, like Arthur Conan Doyle. Another great post of a pioneer, Sally Ride. She really was a great woman.

  15. Exactly. I have granddaughters and am just thrilled for their boundless possibilities.

  16. elspethc says:

    Michael Faraday is my favorite science person of all time. I just found your blog by accident and love its title. I suppose you have read ‘chemical history of a candle’. Have you read my favorite? It is called “On Mental Education” a lecture from 1854. He tells us how to be a wonderful scientist – though he does not say it is an easy thing to do he is certain that it is worthwhile.

  17. I always learn new thing for your post! Bravo Sally Ride, impressive bio!

  18. She was a very impressive and inspirational woman. Thank you for stopping by.

  19. Thank you so very much for this lovely comment. have to look into the book you suggested. Just to think that he did not have a formal education….his love of science guided him.

  20. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! They were both amazing!

  21. shawn says:

    Happy Birthday Sally! Thank you for reminding us of this great lady’s birthday and accomplishments.

  22. Thank you so much for stopping by. She was a true pioneer.

  23. Sally Ride — truly an inspiring woman.
    There’s a very old song called “Mustang Sally.” It was even before *my* time. The Sally in the song had a Mustang car, and the chorus says “ride Sally, ride.” So now whenever I see a Mustang on the road, I think of Sally Ride and how far she rode her career — all the way into space. Hugs!

  24. Funny, but they still say ride Sally ride. Mustangs Rock!

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