Sally Kristen Ride
May 26, 1951
|Died||July 23, 2012 (aged 61)|
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Education||Stanford University (BS Physics / BA English; MS Physics; Ph.D. Physics)|
(m. 1982; div. 1987)
|Partner(s)||Tam O'Shaughnessy (1985–2012; Ride's death)|
Time in space
|14d 07h 46m|
|Selection||1978 NASA Group|
|Retirement||August 15, 1987|
Ride was born on May 26, 1951. She was born in the neighborhood of Encino in Los Angeles, California. She earned a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. She joined NASA in 1978. She was an astronaut until 1987. In order to be an astronaut and go into space, Sally Ride had to train for a year. Training included adapting to gravity, water survival, radio communications, and navigation. She went on the Space Shuttle Challenger in June 1983. This trip was the first time an American woman was in space. She helped design the robot arm for the space shuttle. The robot arm lifts heavy objects in space. Ride was the first person to use the robot arm in space. The robot arm put a satellite in space that showed how the sun affected weather. Ride flew to space twice.
She worked on the commissions that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger and Space Shuttle Columbia disasters. Ride became a professor in 1989. She was the professor of physics and director of the Oklahoma Space Institute at the University of California.
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