R is for Sally Ride – Physicist – Astronaut #AtoZChallenge

R is for Sally Ride – Physicist and Astronaut

++ A to Z of Notable Women in STEM ++

Dr. Sally Ride (1951 – 2012) recieved her Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1978. She joined the NASA space program that same year.

Sally Ride at NASA
Sally Ride at NASA

Dr. Ride flew in two space shuttle missions, STS-7, STS-41-G. To date, she is still the youngest American to ever fly to space. She was training for her third mission when the Challenger disaster occurred.

Sally Ride during STS-7 in 1983.
Sally Ride during STS-7 in 1983.

In 1987, Dr. Ride left NASA. In 2012 she co-founded Sally Ride Science, a program to inspire young people – especially girls – into careers in STEM fields.

You can learn more about Sally Ride here.

See more notable women of STEM in my contribution to the April A to Z blogging challenge for 2016.

Add your own “R”-named women to the list in the comments below!

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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