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Sally Ride On The Challenger Flight Deck

Sally Ride On The Challenger Flight Deck

As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools. Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come. President Obama

Sally Ride died on Monday at the age of 61. Dr. Ride, a physicist who was accepted into the space program in 1978 after she answered a newspaper ad for astronauts, flew on the shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, and on a second mission in 1984. At 32, she was also the youngest American in space. After leaving NASA in 1989, Ride founded, Sally Ride Science, to inspire young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology fields.

Sally Ride:

“My parents didn’t have a scientific bone in their body, and their daughter was pursuing a career in astrophysics. They didn’t even know what astrophysics meant, but they supported me.”

“I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman in space.”

“If girls are interested, they have the potential to go further, … There are still lingering stereotypes that affect girls in middle school, and they lose interest in the subjects.”

“The thing I’ll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I’m sure it was the most fun that I’ll ever have in my life.”

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