☼ Ride, Sally Ride! On June 8, 1983, Sally Ride blasted off into space on the space shuttle Challenger, breaking through the gender barrier as the first American woman in space. She passed away today of cancer, at age 61. Former astronaut Charles Bolden spoke of her grace and professionalism and said, “She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly”.
☼ Sally joined NASA in 1978, as part of the first group of women astronauts. She went on two shuttle missions, served on many NASA review panels and later continued as physics professor at the University of California, San Diego. A Stanford graduate, she earned four degrees as well as a doctorate in physics. She was a varsity tennis player too. Later, she went on to promote young women achieve success in STEM careers.
☼ Watch: Sally Ride: 25 Years Later