Sally Ride Still Inspires

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Happy Birthday Sally Ride! Even three years after her death, Sally is still inspiring kids around the world to study science.

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Sally Ride became the first American women in space in 1983. She worked incredibly hard for that honor, first studying at Swarthmore College and later at Stanford University, earning degrees in both English and physics. She went on to earn her masters and PhD in physics. While finishing her PhD, she applied for a position in the NASA space program.

Even after being offered a job at NASA, Sally still had to work hard to prove herself. The job of astronaut had always been filled by men, and many people had trouble accepting the idea that a woman could do a good job. Sally faced discrimination from people at NASA, from the public, and from the media.

Sally joined the crew of the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She and the crew performed several experiments in space and deployed two communications satellites. Sally went to space once more and spent more than 343 hours in space during her lifetime! After retiring from NASA, Sally became a writer and a professor. She died in 2012.

Sally’s story is an inspiring one for both girls and boys. Visit these sites and discover how Sally Ride is still inspiring schoolchildren and teachers alike: