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In 1983, Sally Ride became America's first woman in space. She returned to space in 1984 again aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Her flights were more than a public-relations coup for NASA; it was a victory for all women. With her success, another barrier fell. She has become a role model for younger scientists who revere her for her dedication and adventurous spirit.
Sally Ride was born in 1951 in Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Stanford in 1973. She went on to earn her Master of Science and doctorate degrees in physics from Stanford in 1975 and 1978.
Dr. Ride was selected for astronaut training in 1978, and reported to NASA in July of that year. As part of her training, she was a member of the support crew for both the second and third space shuttle flights, and worked in mission control as a capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for those two missions.
Sally Ride flew in space twice. Her first flight was aboard the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. During the mission, the five-member crew deployed communications satellites for Canada and Indonesia, performed the first satellite deployment and retrieval with the shuttle's robot arm, and conducted materials and pharmaceutical research. The mission was in flight for 6 days.
Dr. Ride's second space flight was also aboard Challenger (the thirteenth space shuttle flight), in October 1984. During their 8-day mission, the crew deployed the Earth Radiation Budget satellite, conducted scientific observations of the Earth, and demonstrated the potential for satellite refueling by astronauts.
In June 1985, Sally Ride was assigned to a third space shuttle flight. Training for that mission was interrupted in January 1986 by the space shuttle Challenger accident. For the next six months she served as a member of the Presidential Commission investigating the accident. Upon completion of the investigation, Dr. Ride was assigned to NASA headquarters in Washington DC as assistant to the NASA Administrator for long-range planning. In this role she created NASA's Office of Exploration.
Sally Ride has written four books, To Space and Back, Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System, The Third Planet: Exploring The Earth From Space, and her latest book,
The Mystery of Mars.
Currently a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, Sally Ride is also co-founder and CEO of Imaginary Lines, Inc., a company dedicated to encouraging more young girls of middle school age to pursue math and science. She also served as president of the Internet company, SPACE.com.
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