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Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly in space.

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Dr. Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. In August 1979, she completed a one-year training and evaluation period, making her eligible for assignment as a Mission Specialist on future space shuttle flight crews.

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Sally Ride poses for her official NASA Astronaut portrait with the American flag and a Space Shuttle model in the background
Sally Ride’s Official NASA Astronaut Portrait.
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Sally Ride – First American Woman in Space

On June 18, 1983, NASA Astronaut Sally K. Ride became the first American woman in space, when she launched with…

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Sally Ride and Valentina Tereshkova

Changing the Course of Human Space Exploration

March 2015 marked the anniversary of two significant events in the history of space exploration-the flight of Valentina Tereshkova and of Sally Ride.

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Valentina Tereshkova wears a space suit with the letters C C C P on the top of her helmet.
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is seen before she launched on the Vostok 6 mission in 1963.
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Sally Ride Remembered as an Inspiration to Others

Sally Ride is best known as the first American woman in space. Following her death on July 23, 2012 at…

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Who Was Sally Ride?

Learning Resource for Students in Grades K-4

Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly in space. For fun, she liked to run. She also played tennis, volleyball and softball. Ride wrote science books for children. The books are about exploring space.

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