Celebrating Sally Ride, the First American Woman in Space

May 26th is Sally Ride Day. Known for becoming the first female American astronaut in space, she paved the way for women in science.

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Today is Sally Ride Day, a holiday dedicated to celebrating the renowned astrophysicist and astronaut who became the first American woman to fly in space.

Dr. Ride held two bachelor’s degrees (one of them being in English!), a master’s degree, and a PhD in Physics when she applied for the NASA astronaut training program in 1978. She was one out of 8000 applicants—and she was chosen! Dr. Ride joined and trained with NASA Astronaut Group 8, the first group to select women on their team. She graduated from training a year later and began working on significant projects such as the second and third Space Shuttle Flights.




She later became a part of the Space Shuttle Challenger that would lead the next space shuttle mission in 1983. Though an exciting time in history, Dr. Ride faced sexist comments leading up to departure about her reproduction system and emotions. Despite this, the astronaut shook it off and went into space on June 18th of 1983 with all smiles.




Dr. Ride’s accomplishments paved the way for future female astronauts and women in science. She quite literally proved that you can take your dreams sky high and achieve anything you set your heart on. Let’s continue remembering her legacy by celebrating her today!