Sally was aboard the Challenger Space Shuttle that launched on June 18, 1983, Ride became the first American woman – and, at 32, the youngest American – in space. In her second shuttle flight, STS-41G, she made history as the first space mission with two female crew members.
Dr. Ride was determined to be an example for inspiring young people, especially girls, to pursue careers in science. Together with Tam O’Shaughnessy, they wrote six science books for young people. The two women also started an education company to inspire young people, especially girls, in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and later joined like-minded friends with expertise in physics, administration, and technology to found Sally Ride Science.
Dr. Ride received many honors during her life, including induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Astronaut Hall of Fame and Aviation Hall of Fame.