Sally Ride

by: Andrea Ochoa

Background information

She was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles, California.

  • She went to Stanford University.
  • She received bachelor's degree in phyics in 1973.
  • During her career she served as the groung-based capsule communicator.
  • She developed the space shuttle's robot arm.
  • She died on July 23, 2012 in La Jolla, Califonia.
  • After Ride's death, her obituary revealed that her partner of 27 years Tam O'Shaughnessy, were both science writers.

Sally's carrer

NASA began looking for women astronauts in 1977. Sally Ride was a student at the time. She saw an ad in the school newspaper inviting women to apply to the astronaut program. Sally Ride decided to apply for the job. She was one of six women picked. On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. She was an astronaut on a space shuttle mission. Her job was to work the robotic arm. She used the arm to help put satellites into space. Ride served as a Mission Specialist on STS 41-G, which launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 5, 1984. This was the largest crew to fly to date. In 2001, she founded her own company, Sally Ride science to pursue her long-time passion of motivating girls and young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

Effect in history

  • She helped to investigate the Challeger accident.
  • She investigated the Columbia acident.
  • She supported young girls that wanted to study science


On December 6, 2006,California Governos Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Ride into theCalifornia Hall of Fame at the California Museum of history, women and arts The following year, she was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio


"All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary." -Sally Ride