Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Birth : Sally Kristen Ride (1951-05-26)May 26, 1951 Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Death : July 23, 2012(2012-07-23)(aged 61) La Jolla, California, U.S.

Personal Information

Name Sally Ride
Birth (1951-05-26)May 26, 1951 Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Birth Place Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Death (2012-07-23)(aged 61) La Jolla, California, U.S.
Died At La Jolla, California, U.S.

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Events Occured in Scienctist Life

1978

Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.

1987

After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987.

2012

Ride died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012.

1975

At Stanford, she earned a master's degree in 1975 and a PhD in physics in 1978 while doing research on the interaction of X-rays with the interstellar medium.

1978

Selection Ride was selected to be an astronaut as part of NASA Astronaut Group 8, in 1978, the first class to select women.

1979

After graduating training in 1979, becoming eligible to work as a mission specialist she served as the ground-based capsule communicator (CapCom) for the second and third Space Shuttle flights, and helped develop the Space Shuttle's "Canadarm" robot arm.

1983

On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7.

2012

After Sally Ride's death in 2012, General Donald Kutyna revealed that she had discreetly provided him with key information about O-rings (namely, that they become stiff at low temperatures) that eventually led to identification of the cause of the explosion.

1987

In 1987, Ride left her position in Washington, D.C., to work at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control.

1989

In 1989, she became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the California Space Institute.

1990

From the mid-1990s until her death, Ride led two public-outreach programs for NASA—the ISS EarthKAM and GRAIL MoonKAM projects, in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UCSD.

1999

In 1999, she acted in the season 5 finale of Touched by an Angel, titled "Godspeed".

2003

In 2003, she was asked to serve on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

2001

She was the president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she co-founded in 2001 that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls.

2008

Ride endorsed Barack Obama for U.S. President in 2008.

2009

She was a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, an independent review requested by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on May 7, 2009.

1982

In 1982, she married fellow NASA astronaut Steve Hawley.

2012

Ride died on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61, in her home in La Jolla, California, seventeen months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

1994

In 1994, Ride received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

2006

On December 6, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Ride into the California Hall of Fame at the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts.

2007

In 2007, she was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio.

2012

On December 17, 2012, the two GRAIL probes, Ebb and Flow, were directed to complete their mission by crashing on an unnamed lunar mountain near the crater Goldschmidt.

2012

Also in December 2012, the Space Foundation bestowed upon Ride its highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award.

2013

In April 2013, the U.S. Navy announced that a research ship would be named in honor of Ride.

2013

The medal was presented to her life partner Tam O'Shaughnessy in a ceremony at the White House on November 20, 2013.

2013

In July 2013, Flying magazine ranked Ride at number 50 on their list of the "51 Heroes of Aviation".

2014

In 2014, Ride was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display that celebrates LGBT history and people.

2017

In 2017, a Google Doodle honored her on International Women's Day.

2018

The U.S. Postal Service issued a first-class postage stamp honoring Ride in 2018.In 2019 Stanford University’s Serra House located in Lucie Stern Hall was renamed the Sally Ride House.

2019

For their first match of March 2019, the women of the United States women's national soccer team each wore a jersey with the name of a woman they were honoring on the back; Tierna Davidson chose the name of Sally Ride.

1965

When she became the first American woman in space on the Space Shuttle Challenger, many in the crowd attending the launch wore T-shirts printed, "Ride, Sally Ride," a play on the lyric of the 1965 song, Mustang Sally.

1989

Billy Joel's 1989 song "We Didn't Start the Fire" mentions her.

1999

In 1999, Ride appeared as herself on the Touched By An Angel episode "Godspeed."

2013

In 2013, Janelle Monáe released a song called "Sally Ride".

2013

Also in 2013, astronauts Chris Hadfield and Catherine Coleman performed a song called "Ride On".

2017

In 2017, a "Women of NASA" LEGO set went on sale featuring (among other things)

2019

In 2019, Mattel Inc released a Barbie doll in Ride's likeness as part of their "Inspiring Women" series.