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Sally Ride

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride

Profession: 1st American Woman in Space

United States of America

Biography: Joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.

She remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

Born: May 26, 1951
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: July 23, 2012 (aged 61)
Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer

Married Life

  • 1982-07-24 Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride (31) weds astronaut Steven Hawley (30) in Salina, Kansas

Historical Events

  • 1982-04-19 Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut
  • 1983-06-18 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launches Sally Ride as 1st US woman in space

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