Sally Ride Biography



Sally Ride was an astrophysicist and the first ever women to go to space. Ride worked at NASA as mission specialist. After she quit NASA she created her own company that educated girls on science. Saddly Ride died of esophagus cancer.

Early Life

Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951, Sally lived in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a counselor and her dad is a professor in political science. Ride had a natural Athletic ability, she liked all sports but her favorite was tennis, ride started playing it and she was so good she won a scholarship to Westlake prep school for girls. Ride went to stanford university, therefore got a bachelor's degree in English and physics 1973. She also got a master’s degree in 1975 for physics. Ride won a position in NASA jumping over 1,ooo other people who applied.
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NASA life

Ride started astronaut training in 1978-1979. June 18, 1983 Ride went aboard a challenger shuttle and the mission was success. The mission was to deploy satellites and conduct experiments. After that Ride was assigned to STS 61-M, after their training was complete they were going into space. But there mission was cancelled instead of them going into space. A challenger ship was already to go with a teacher an astronaut and 3 students. 82 seconds till it left off it exploded. Ride and several other people on the presidential commission were investigating the explosion they reported there were no survivors.

Retirement Life

In, 2001 Ride left her job and founded Sally Ride Science, it was to help support girls analyze science. A Columbia shuttle got lost in space and ride had to go figured out what happened. Ride got into the astronaut hall of fame. Ride died a sad death of pancreatic cancer. Ride had the cancer a year and 5 months and she died young at the age of 61.
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Ride was one of the most successful Person that ever stepped foot in a spaceship shuttle. Ride died a tragic death of a illness that might never get a cure over all. Ride was a big part of american science’s history. Today she is a legend.