Sally Ride- Amani

Dr. Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother still resides in California in the town of Pasadena and Ms. Ride's father is deceased. Sally was the first woman to orbit space, but she did not always want to become an astronaut. Actually, as a young child Sally dreamed of being a tennis star. As a child Sally was very athletic and enjoyed playing volleyball, running, and softball. She also playd thesor of tennis and recived national rakings as a junior.

Ride graduated frm Westlake High School in 1968 and went on to extend her education at Stanford Universty. While attending Stanford she recieved a bachelor of science in Physics and a bachelor of arts in English. She recieved both of these bachelors in the year of 1973. Also, Sally recieved a master degree of science and doctorate degrees in Physcs in the years of 1975 and 1978.

Dr. Ride applied to the astronaut program after reading an ad in a newspaper and out of 8,000 men and women she was one of the thirty-five people selected. Out of he thirty-five people, she was one of the six girls.

In 1978, Ride was accepted to the astronaut corps and completed training in the August of 1979. This made her eligible to be a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle crews. On June 18,1983 she became the first American woman to orbit Earth when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger . Her second flight was also aboard Challenger in 1984. Dr. Ride was also a member of the team chosen to investigate the explosion of Challenger in 1986. Nonetheless, she left the astronaut corps in 1987 to join the faculty of Stanford University, her alma mater.


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“Sally Kristen Ride”. Library-Astronauts. <>

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The second resource is an interactive website. It is informative about what Sally did after she left NASA.
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