- Name: Sally Kristen Ride
- Born: May 26th, 1951
- Died: July 23rd, 2012
- Education: Stanford University (BA, BS, MS, PhD)
- Space Agency: NASA
- Missions: STS-7 and STS-41-G
15 Sally Ride Facts for Kids
- Sally Ride was an American astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- Sally Ride was 1 of 35 people selected to join NASA in the 1978 NASA Astronaut Group 8.
- Sally Ride was born on Saturday, May 26th, 1951 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA.
- Sally Ride died on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 in La Jolla, California, USA. She died due to complications from pancreatic cancer 17 months after she was diagnosed.
- Sally Ride is the daughter of Dale Burdell Ride and Carol Joyce Ride.
- Sally Ride graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in English and physics.
- Sally Ride was married to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley in 1982, they got a divorce in 1987.
- Sally Ride is best known for being the first American woman to travel into outer space.
- Sally Ride is also the youngest American astronaut to ever travel into outer space at the age of 32.
- Sally Ride was a part of two human spaceflight missions, STS-7 and STS-41-G.
- The STS-7 mission was a Space Shuttle mission that deployed several satellites via the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- The STS-41-G mission was a Space Shuttle mission that deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) via the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- Sally Ride spent 14 days, 7 hours and 46 minutes in space.
- Sally Ride retired from NASA on August 15, 1987.
- Sally Ride was a professor at the University of California in San Diego, she taught physics.
Sally Ride Pictures
A photo of Sally Ride, a Mission Specialist on the flight deck of the STS-7 Space Shuttle mission.
A photo of Sally Ride and the crew getting ready to board for the STS-7 Space Shuttle mission.
Credit: Associated Press
A photo of Sally Ride Speaking at First National Summit on the Advancement of Girls in Math and Science.
Credit: AP Photo / Gearld Herbert
Additional Resources to Research Sally Ride
- A Biography About Sally Ride – Find out more about Sally Ride on the Biography.com website.
- Who Was Sally Ride? – Discover who Sally Ride was and what she did on the NASA website.
- Sally Ride – Wikipedia – Read more facts and information about Sally Ride on the Wikipedia website.