Aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
Ride was among the first six female astronauts chosen for the NASA spaceflight program. Trained as a physicist, she served as a mission specialist during two Challenger missions starting in 1983, becoming the first woman to operate the shuttle’s robotic arm. She also became the only person to serve on both commissions investigating the Challenger and Columbia disasters.
After NASA, Ride taught college physics and wrote science books for kids. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, the year after her death from cancer.
EL: Welcome, Sally Ride. On your first flight, you did an almost inconceivable amount of technical work, deploying satellites and conducting experiments. What do you remember most?
Ride: That it was fun. The most fun I had in my life.
EL: Not scary?
Ride: All adventures, especially into new territory, are...(register to read more)