Sally Kristen Ride was born May 26,1951, in Encino,
California. Her parents are Dr. and Mrs. Dale B. Ride. She enjoys playing
tennis, volleyball, and softball. She also enjoys running.
In 1968, Ride graduated from Westlake High School in Los Angeles, California.
She attended Stanford University and received a Bachelor of Science in physics
and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1973. Ride continued her education by
receiving a Master of Science and a Doctorate degree in physics.
Ride joined NASA in 1977. During this time, she was involved in extensive
training. After training, she was a part of several flights on the space
shuttle Columbia. She served in many different areas on the space shuttles.
1983, Ride became famous by becoming the first American woman in space on the
Challenger. After the Challenger exploded in 1986, she was involved in the
investigation. She became the assistant to the NASA administrator in
Washington, D.C. Dr. Ride retired from NASA in 1987 and began working at
Jefferson Award for Public
Research and Education Institute's American Woman Award
National Spaceflight Medal
Inducted into the
Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center on June 21, 2003