Sally Ride

( 1951- )

In 1983 Sally became the first woman in the American space program to take part in an orbital mission. She received a degree in physics and a degree in English from Stanford University in 1973. In 1977 she got a Ph.D. in physics in 1977. Sally was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1951.

When she was young she loved sports and her favorite sport was tennis and she loved to practice all the time. Sally Ride learned how to live and work in space. In 1983, she got a chance to go out into space and she got to ride in the shuttle called the Challenger. Today, Sally works at Stanford University, where she teaches science.

 image courtesy of NASA

1998, by Steven, fourth grade