Sally Ride is a former NASA astronaut and the first American woman in space.
She is a Professor of Space Science at the University of California at San Diego.
Dr. Ride received her BS in Physics, BA in English, MS and Ph.D. in Physics from
Stanford University. Her first spaceflight was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger
in 1983. Her second was also aboard the Challenger in 1984. During those flights
Dr. Ride deployed communications satellites, operated the robot arm and conducted
experiments in materials, pharmaceuticals, and Earth remote-sensing. Training
for her third spaceflight was interrupted by the Space Shuttle Challenger accident.
Dr. Ride served as a member of the Presidential Commission investigating the accident
and chaired its subcommittee on Operations. She then served as NASA's first director
of Strategic Planning. Dr. Ride spent two years at Stanford University's Center
for International Security and Cooperation. In 1989 she became the Director of
the University of California's California Space Institute, and joined the UCSD
faculty. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the National
Research Council's Space Studies Board and has served on the Boards of the Congressional
Office of Technology Assessment and the Carnegie Institution of Washington and
the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Dr. Ride has
written four science books for children: To Space and Back; Voyager; The Third
Planet, and The Mystery of Mars.