Women’s History Month: Sally Ride

Sally Ride was an American astronaut for NASA from 1977 to 1987. She was born in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University. In Stanford, she earned a degree in physics. In 1977, NASA was looking for women astronauts. Sally Ride saw the opportunity and quickly applied. She was one of the six women chosen to work for NASA.
In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly to space. Ride had the job of operating the robotic arm on the STS-7 space shuttle mission. She went to space for the second time in 1984. In 1987, Sally Ride stopped working at NASA. She started teaching science and math at University of California in San Diego. While she was teaching, she came up with the idea for NASA’s EarthKAM project. This project allows middle school students to take pictures of and study the Earth from the International Space Station. In 2003, Sally Ride was added to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. She kept helping students, mainly girls, study math and science. She wrote textbooks for teachers and worked with many science programs. After long years of her hard work and contributing to girls education, Sally Ride died of pancreatic cancer in 2012.