Sally Kristen Ride was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman in space. She was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya. Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32. After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. Ride worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle disasters, the only person to participate in both.
|Born||Sally Kristen Ride, May 26, 1951, Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Died||July 23, 2012, La Jolla, California, U.S.|
|Education||Stanford University (BA, BS, MS, PhD)|
|Partner(s)||Tam O'Shaughnessy (1985–2012, Ride's death)|
|IMDb||Sally Ride's IMDb|
American astronaut and physicist who joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman to enter low-Earth orbit. She flew two missions aboard the Challenger shuttle: STS-7 and STS-41-G.
Growing up, she was a nationally ranked tennis player, and took physics classes at UCLA, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, and Harvard-Westlake School for Girls.
At the time of her first spaceflight in 1983, she was the youngest American to enter space.
She married Steven Hawley in 1982 and divorced him in 1987. After her death, it was revealed that she had a 27-year relationship with Tam O'Shaughnessy, a female tennis player and professor.
Though she was the first American woman to enter space, Russia's Valentina Tereshkova was the first female to journey into space.
- Mercury 13 - The Mercury 13 were thirteen American women who, as part of a privately funded program, successfully underwent the same physiological screening tests as had the astronauts selected by NASA on April 9, 1959, for Project Mercury.
- Women in science - The presence of women in science spans the earliest times of the history of science wherein they have made significant contributions.
- Burials at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica
- Harmon Trophy winners
- Women astronauts
- United States Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees
- LGBT scientists
- LGBT scientists from the United States
- Women science writers
- Scientists from California
- American astronauts
- Swarthmore College alumni
- American science writers
- LGBT people from California
- Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
- Stanford University faculty
Latest information about Sally Ride updated on June 21 2021.