Sally Ride: Thank You for Opening the Door and Inspiring a Generation

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 23, 2012 in Science |

Mission Specialist/Astronaut Sally K. Ride goes over post-flight data from STS-3 during a crew debriefing session at JSC.

I was heartbroken to read that Sally Kristen Ride has passed away. On June 18, 1983 she became the first American woman (and also the youngest American at age 32) to enter space. She went on a second ride in 1984 and spent a total 343 hours in space, but more importantly she inspired a generation of girls to get involved in science. Here is a wonderful photo of her on the job:

Sally Ride America's first woman astronaut communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck during the six day mission of the Challenger. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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