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Sally Ride

Physicist, Astronaut
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Net worth 2018: $1.7 Million
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Country: United States
BirthDay: 26 May 1951
Sigh: Gemini
Died On: July 23, 2012
Education: Stanford University (1978), Stanford University (1975), Stanford University (1973), Swarthmore College

Sally Ride was bornon 26 May 1951 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., American, is Physicist, Astronaut. Sally Ride was an American physicist and astronaut who achieved iconic status by becoming the first American woman and third overall to travel to space. Although she was interested in science from a very young age, tennis was actually her first love. She made a brave decision to quit her studies at ‘Swarthmore College’ to try a career in professional tennis. However, after being unable to make any major inroads in her tennis career, she returned to science with a renewed vigor. Ride spent the next few years accumulating degrees and knowledge, which would help her get selected for NASA’s space program. She successfully completed an intense training and joined NASA for what would become a historic mission. In a span of four years, Ride was selected to travel in a space flight, which she embraced gladly. Her journey in the ‘Challenger’ shuttle served as an inspiration for millions of women worldwide. Ride moved on to have a stellar career, going to space once more in the process, and garnering a host of awards and honours. She was involved in a lot of charity work during her older years, most of which was dedicated to girls and young women. Looking back at her incredible career, it would indeed be fitting to state that sports’ loss was science’s gain.


In 2013, as a tribute to her, the US Navy declared that a research ship would be renamed after her


In 2003, NASA suffered another calamity as the Space Shuttle ‘Columbia’ exploded while landing, causing the deaths of all its crew members


In 2001, she founded ‘Sally Ride Science’, a company that makes engaging science-related classroom programs and publications for school students in USA, especially girls, and provides training for teachers


From 1999 to 2000, she also worked with the internet company, ‘Space


In 1996, she headed ISS EarthKAM, a public-outreach program by NASA which would enable students to access photographs of earth captured from the ‘Space Shuttle’ and the ‘International Space Station’


In 1989, she joined the University of California in San Diego as a professor of physics, and was simultaneously appointed as ‘Director of the California Space Institute’


In 1987, she retired from NASA and joined Stanford University as a Science Fellow at the ‘Center for International Security & Arms Control’


She was scheduled to go on her third space flight in 1986, and was undergoing training for it


She went on another space mission in 1984 with a different set of objectives, this time with a bigger crew


In 1983, this American astronaut became the first American woman to travel into space in the ‘Challenger’ space shuttle and repeated the feat the very next year


Sally Ride married another astronaut from NASA, Steve Hawley, in 1982


From 1978 to 1979, she underwent a demanding training which included parachute jumping, water survival, gravity and weightlessness training, radio communications, navigation and flight instruction


In 1977, in response to a newspaper advertisement, Ride applied for NASA’s space program


In 1973, she received a ‘Bachelor of Science’ degree in Physics and a ‘Bachelor of Arts’ degree in English

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