Did You Know...that the late astronaut Sally Ride was the first American woman in space? She was also the only astronaut chosen for President Reagan's Rogers Commission to investigate the Space Shuttle Challenger accident.
|Sally Ride (foreground) and life partner Tam O'Shaugnessy. Photo: American Library Association and AP News, 2008.|
Later in life, Sally Ride helmed various projects and organizations designed to increase the public's awareness of and interest in science and space exploration. After a stint as professor of physics at University of California, San Diego, Ride became President of CalSpace; joined the board of directors for Space.com; founded the NASA-affiliated EarthKAM earth-from-space photography project; and eventually started Sally Ride Science. The latter is an organization devoted to supporting young womens' interests in science, math, engineering, and technology.
To read more about the life and times of Sally Ride (born May 26, 1951 and died July 24th, 2012), please see her online full-text biography in our Sawyer database, Biography in Context.
- Leaving earth [electronic resource] : space stations, rival superpowers, and the quest for interplanetary travel, by Robert Zimmerman.
- A dictionary of space exploration [electronic resource], edited by E. Julius Dasch.