Portrait of Sally Ride
Sally Ride was born in California in 1951. She gave up a career as a
professional tennis player to study astrophysics and later joined NASA's astronaut training program.
In June of 1983, Sally became the first American woman in space as
engineer and mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. She later served on the thirteenth Space Shuttle Mission.
Today, Sally is professor and head of the Space Institute at the University of California at San Diego.
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