Sally Ride Essay

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English IV H.W. Assignment Women’s History Month: Sally Ride (1951-2012) 20 Facts about Sally Ride: * Dr. Sally Ride was born May, the 26th 1951 in Los Angeles, California. * She graduated from Stanford University in 1973 and double majored in physics and English. * In 1978 she received a Ph. D in Physics. * Also in 1978 Dr. Ride beat 1,000 other applicants for a spot in the NASA astronaut program and went through vigorous training for space. * In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. * In all Dr. Ride was the third woman in space because two other women from Russia went first back in 1963. * Since Dr. Ride was also well known for her study of Physics she founded her own company called Sally Ride Science. * Serving as president and CEO Dr. Ride founded the company to inspire girls and young women to pursue their interests in science and math. * Dr. Ride was also became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger, her job was to help deploy satellites in space. * After working for NASA, Sally Ride became the director of the California Space Institute in the University of California. * She also was a professor of physics at the school in 1989. * For her contributions to the field of science and space exploration, Dr. Ride received many honors, including the NASA Space Flight Medal. * She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame for her exploits. * She also received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in 1990 * Dr. Ride retired from her studies in 1997. * After battling 17-months with pancreatic cancer Sally Ride died at the age of 61 on July 23, 2012 * She had kept her cancer a secret from the world because she did not want her personal struggle in the public’s eye. * She will always
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