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Ride on July 10, 1984
Sally Kristen Ride
May 26, 1951
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||July 23, 2012
La Jolla, 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)|
Ride was born on May 26, 1951. She was born 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, and finally retired on August 15, 1987.
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 Oaklahoma Space Institute at the University of California.
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Ride on Challenger's mid-deck during STS-7 in 1983
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