Profile of the Day: Sally Ride

Immediately we bear in mind astronaut Sally Ride, who was born on at the present time in 1951. In 1983, Experience turned the primary American lady in house when she flew into orbit aboard the house shuttle Challenger.

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Born in Los Angeles, California, Experience held a eager curiosity in science from a younger age. As she was ending her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford College, Experience noticed an article within the faculty’s newspaper promoting that NASA was in search of astronauts, and for the primary time, was accepting feminine candidates. In 1978, she was one among six girls chosen to hitch the house program. On June 18, 1983, Experience made historical past when she turned the primary American lady in house as a member of the Challenger‘s crew. Throughout her profession at NASA, she would make two shuttle flights and was part of the Rogers Fee, which was accountable for investigating the Challenger catastrophe in 1986.

After leaving NASA, Experience wrote a number of books aimed to encourage kids to review science and remained a powerful advocate of the development of girls within the sciences. She died in 2012 on the age of 61 after a battle with pancreatic most cancers.

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