For Over 30 Years

Aggressive Personal Injury
Legal Representation

blog home Holiday Events Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

By Grant Law Office on May 26, 2014

Georgia Personal InjuryMay 26 is Sally Ride Day, a time to commemorate one of the most inspiring people in American history. So, who exactly was Sally Ride? Well, the first thing you should know about her was that she was the first American woman to fly in space; not only that, she was also the youngest American astronaut to travel to space at the age of 32. In addition to being an accomplished astronaut, she was also a highly respected physicist.

On May 26, 1951, Sally Ride was born in Los Angeles, California to Dale Burdell Ride and Carol Joyce. She graduated from Portola Junior High and went to Westlake School for Girls on a scholarship. She showed great promise in the sciences and in tennis (she was a nationally-ranked player). At Swarthmore College, she graduated with a bachelor’s in both English and physics. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford while working with X-rays and their interaction with the interstellar medium.

When the Stanford newspaper featured a NASA ad that sought applicants for a space program, Sally Ride put in her name along with 8,000 others. In 1978, NASA took her on the team. Being the first American woman to travel in space, Ride faced scrutiny by the media but handled them gracefully. When asked questions about her status as a female astronaut, she emphasized her role as an astronaut over her being a woman.

During her career as NASA, Sally Ride embarked on two Challenger missions and amounted more than 343 hours in space. She helped investigate both the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters. Her exceptional work got her noticed at Washington, D.C., where she founded NASA’s Office of Exploration.

After NASA, she worked at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control. She also held a professorship at the University of California, San Diego in the physics department. In 2001, she co-founded Sally Ride Science, a company that strived to make science appealing for upper elementary and middle school students, especially girls.

Sally Ride accomplished so much by the time she passed away on July 23, 2012 that it would take many more words to cover them all. She was truly an inspiring individual who more than deserved a national holiday to be named after her. Let us all remember her life and accomplishments on May 26!

Related Articles:

Posted in: Holiday Events

Contact us today for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.

We require no legal retainer or upfront fees,
and you pay nothing unless we prevail.

Toll-free number: (866) 249-5513
Phone: (404) 995-3955

Our Results

$12,500,000
Wrongful Death Day Care Case

View More

Firm News

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

Kim Grant participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, walking over 60 miles over three days and raising ...

Habitat for Humanity

Kim and Wayne Grant have worked on two Habitat for Humanity Houses and look forward to working on more ...

Grady Hospital Volunteer Work

Kim Grant has donated volunteer hours in Atlanta, including rocking babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Grady ...

Read more news

Our Blog

Jun
27

Here’s $1,000 to Our Best Foot Forward Winner!

After putting your best foot forward for our 2019 scholarship (for which we thank you!), Grant Law Office…

Jun
13

Grant Law Office Chooses 5 Scholarship Finalists

Last year, an overwhelming 5,000+ applicants sent in their information to our Best Foot Forward Scholarship, and as…

May
28

Wayne Grant Named Best Lawyer® Again in 2019

For over three decades, Wayne Grant’s hard work, integrity, and compassion for injury victims has garnered him a…

Read more news

Grant Law Office Disclaimer: The legal information offered herein by Grant Law Office, is not formal legal advice, nor is it the formation of an attorney client relationship. In order for our firm to be considered your attorney there must be a signed agreement between the client and the firm. Any results set forth herein are based solely upon the circumstances of that particular case and offer no promise or guarantee on the outcome of any other case. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation.

© 2019 Grant Law Office - All rights reserved.

Photos by Carroll Morgan - Buckhead On-Site Photography | Website Design and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS Consulting Scholarship
*Wayne Grant has been practicing law since 1979. Grant Law Office was founded in 2000.