happy birthday, sally ride
Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. She joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.
Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982). 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.
In 1989, she became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego (Top Center) and director of the California Space Institute.
From the mid-1990s until her death from pancreatic cancer in 2012, Ride led two public-outreach programs for NASA, including the ISS EarthKAM and GRAIL MoonKAM projects, in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UCSD. The programs allowed middle school students to request images of the Earth and Moon.
Founded in 2001, Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego focuses on professional development for teachers; K-12 STEM + Arts (STEAM) education, including courses, lectures, and camps as well as online programs through UCTV. The goal is to help educators build students’ STEM literacy and make connections between what students are learning and the STEM fields that are expected to experience rapid job growth in the coming decades.
Ride received numerous awards, including the National Space Society's von Braun Award, the Lindbergh Eagle, and the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame and was awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal twice.
Sally Ride (May 26th 1951-July 23 2012)
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