Sally Ride

First American Woman in Space


Sally Kristen Ride was the first American Woman to fly in space, this was very signifigant and changed NASA's program for years. Ride was made fun of for being a woman doing "a mans job", but her focous on just being an astronaut encouraged women all across the nation to do what you love no matter who you are.


Sally Ride was an American Physicist and Astronaut. She was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, and sadly passed away on July 23, 2012. Sally was one of 8,000 people who answered an ad in Stanford's student newspaper, requesting applications to join the space program. RIde was chosen and started work for NASA in 1978.


Sally Kristen Ride is most well known for being the first woman in space, but having a good reputation wasn't always as easy as it seems. During this time, late 70's and early 80's, Ride experienced a lot of attention from the media, due to her gender, but even that didn't put her down. Ride was made fun of and teased for being a woman astronaut, and experienced many offensive questions and comments at press conferences, including the very offensive question, "Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?". Despite all of this, Sally just saw herself as an astronaut, and then became one of the most historical astronauts in the world.