Sally Ride’s space adventure would have made Jules Verne proud. Like Jules Verne, Sally Ride was a dreamer and a visionary with a deep passion for space travel. In his 1865 novel, From The Earth To The Moon, Verne envisioned what Ride later accomplished.
Born May 26, 1951, Sally Ride was the first American woman to make a trip into space. She would have been 64 today. Ride joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1978 and made her first space trip aboard the shuttle, “Challenge,” five years later on June 18, 1983. Ride died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012.
Ride broke barriers her entire life, from working at NASA as a physicist to her later role as an educator inspiring millions of children to pursue their dreams.
Ride’s website explores Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and through it, she shares her passion with students of all ages at Sally Ride Science.
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