Sally Ride

On June 18, 1983, NASA astronaut Sally Ride broke through the ultimate glass ceiling, blasting into orbit on the shuttle Challenger as part of the crew of mission STS-7. Since her history-making flight, 39 female NASA astronauts have followed her into space, including shuttle commanders and an International Space Station commander.

After a second shuttle flight in 1984 and other roles at NASA, Ride returned to her passion for inspiring young people. She's written several books and founded Sally Ride Science, a company dedicated to supporting students and their interest in math and science.

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