Sally Ride’s official NASA portrait when she was selected to become an astronaut in 1978. (Photo courtesy NASA)
Almost thirty five years ago, on June 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space. Considered an “achiever” by those who knew her, few people were surprised that she would become America’s first woman to hop a ride aboard a Space Shuttle.
But what about the real Sally? Who was she and why did she inspire so many people? Why are there so many things dedicated to her honor? There is the Sally Ride EarthKAM, the Sally Ride postage stamp, the Sally Ride Lunar Impact Site, a US Navy research vessel named the Sally Ride and many more memorials to this extremely talented woman.
After her first ride to space, Ride was asked about her experience and she responded, “Ever been to Disneyland? That was definitely an E Ticket!”
On Friday, June 1, join Museum Curator Sue Taylor as she presents the Launch Pad Lecture: America’s First Woman in Space: Sally and her E-Ticket Ride.
The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.
The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available on the museum’s YouTube channel.
The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on July 6, 2018, and the topic will be NASA: 60 Years of Launching Our Imagination with Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website or ‘Like’ the Facebook Page.