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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 May 1951Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 23 July 2012La Jolla, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameSally Kristen Ride
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA as Sally Kristen Ride. She is known for her work on The Dream Is Alive (1985), Spaceflight (1985) and The Minerva Awards 2006: Sally Ride (2006). She was married to Steve Hawley. She died on July 23, 2012 in La Jolla, California.

Spouse (1)

Steve Hawley (24 July 1982 - 14 May 1987) (divorced)

Trivia (19)

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The first American woman in space, on the shuttle Challenger, June 1983.
Her former husband, Steve Hawley, was also an astronaut who participated in at least two Space Shuttle missions.
Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1988.
Inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, 2003.
Brought with her a Norwegian flag into space, in tribute of her Norwegian heritage.
At her first launch at Cape Canaveral, many in the crowd of 250,000 that watched the launching wore T-shirts that said, "Ride, Sally Ride" - from the lyrics of the song "Mustang Sally.".
Her relationship with her partner of 27 years, Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, was revealed in Ride's obituary released by Sally Ride Science and confirmed by Ride's sister, as well as a Sally Ride Science spokesperson.
Ride was a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, an independent review requested by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on May 7, 2009.
Ride endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008.
Had a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
For her contributions to the field of science and space exploration, Ride received many honors, including the NASA Space Flight Medal and the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award. She was also inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
In 2001, she started her own company to create educational programs and products known as Sally Ride Science to help inspire girls and young women to pursue their interests in science and math. Ride served as president and CEO.
After NASA, Sally Ride became the director of the California Space Institute at the University of California, San Diego, as well as a professor of physics at the school in 1989.
She was scheduled to take a third trip, but it was canceled after the tragic Challenger accident on January 28, 1986. After the accident, Ride served on the presidential commission that investigated the space shuttle explosion.
Grew up in Los Angeles and attended Portola Middle School and Westlake School for Girls in LA (now Harvard-Westlake School) on a scholarship. In addition to being interested in science, she was a nationally ranked tennis player. Ride attended Swarthmore College for three semesters, took physics courses at UCLA, and then entered Stanford University as a junior, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English and physics. Also at Stanford, she earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. in physics, while doing research in astrophysics and free electron laser physics.
Ride beat out 1,000 other applicants for a spot in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) astronaut program.
Partner of Tam O'Shaughnessy for 27 years.
Posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 by President Barack Obama.

Personal Quotes (4)

The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter.
No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space shuttle program is very high-risk, and are prepared for accidents.
When I wasn't working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.
Yes, I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman in space.

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