Sally Ride

Physicist, Astronaut

1951 – 2012

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Who was Sally Ride?

Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both. Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space.

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Born
May 26, 1951
Los Angeles
Also known as
  • Sally Kristen Ride
  • Sally K. Ride
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Science, Stanford University
    Physics
    ( - 1973)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Stanford University
    English
    ( - 1973)
  • Master of Science, Stanford University
    Physics
    ( - 1975)
  • Doctorate, Stanford University
    Physics
    ( - 1978)
  • Swarthmore College
  • Portola Middle School
  • Harvard-Westlake School
Employment
  • Astronaut Candidate, NASA
    (1978 - 1979)
  • Mission Specialist, NASA
    (1979 - 1986)
  • Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego
    (1989 - 2001)
  • Special Assistant to the Administrator, NASA
    (1986 - 1989)
  • President and CEO, Sally Ride Science
    (2001 - )
Died
Jul 23, 2012
La Jolla

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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