Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

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  • Sally Ride is born.

    Sally Ride is born.
    Sally Ride is born on May 26, 1951. Her birth takes place in Los Angeles, California. Ride was born the eldes child of Carol Joyce and Dale Burdell Ride.
  • Sally Ride places in national tennis competion

    Sally Ride places in national tennis competion
    Growing up, Sally was a natural athlete, and her favorite sport was tennis. She placed very high in a national tennis competiton at the age of 13, and could have become a pro athlete. Later, however, she chose science of tennis.
  • Sally Ride graduates from high school

    Sally Ride graduates from high school
    Sally Ride graduates from Westlake High school in Los Angeles California. She also applies for Stanford University, and gets accepted.
  • Tennis pro tells Sally Ride to leave college

    Tennis pro tells Sally Ride to leave college
    Billie Jean King, a tennis superstar in her day, sees Sally Ride play. King tells Ride to leave college to become a tennis pro, which Sally Ride seriously considers, but decides against. Sally Ride chooses studies over sports.
  • Sally Ride recieves her bachelor's degree

    Sally Ride recieves her bachelor's degree
    After much studying at Stanford University, Sally Ride recieves her bachelor's degree of science in physics and of art in English.
  • Sally Ride recieves a masters degree

    Sally Ride recieves a masters degree
    After further studies, Sally Ride earns her Master's degree in science. She becomes certain that science is the field she wants to pursue in further studies and in her career.
  • Sally Ride Recieves her doctorate degree

    Sally Ride Recieves her doctorate degree
    A major accomplishment, Sally Ride recieves her doctorate degree in physics. This marks her graduation from college as well.
  • Sally Ride is accepted into NASA.

    Sally Ride is accepted into NASA.
    NASA (Nation Aeronautic Space Administration) begins a search for qualifed Americans to join their organization. For the first time, they allow women to apply. After much testing and eliminating of many, Sally Ride is accepted.
  • Sally Ride completes her NASA training.

    Sally Ride completes her NASA training.
    For the whole year after being accepted into NASA, Ride undergoes a lot of strenuous training to prepare her for any possible scenario as an astronaut. She completes the training in 1979, and thus is prepared to potentially take a trip into space.
  • Sally Ride gets married.

    Sally Ride gets married.
    Sally Ride marries a fellow astronaut of NASA, Steve Hawley. He, like Sally Ride, was a very honored astronaut and had a lot of college and NASA experience.
  • Sally Ride blasts off into space.

    Sally Ride blasts off into space.
    After much anticipation, Sally Ride and a crew of a few other men blast off into space. She goes aboad a space shuttle called the Challenger. This is a huge deal for everyone across America, because Sally Ride is now the first American women to blast off and orbit the Earth.
  • Sally Ride returns to Earth, safe and sound.

    Sally Ride returns to Earth, safe and sound.
    The space shuttle Challenge returns to Earth six days later, and lands safely; everything goes according to plan. Sally Ride and the crew dismount from the ship and find themselves face to face with a huge, cheering crowd and many, many cameras.
  • Sally Ride blasts off again.

    Sally Ride blasts off again.
    Sally Ride makes her second expedition into space. She serves as a mission specialist, again on the space shuttle the Challenger. This time, Ride is in charge of the crew that accompanied her on the expedition,
  • Sally Ride gets divorced.

    Sally Ride gets divorced.
    Sally Ride and Steve Hawley divorce after only a few years. They had no kids, and Sally Ride did not marry again.
  • Sally Ride gets a new job

    Sally Ride gets a new job
    Sally ride leaves her position as a mission specialist to work at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control.
  • Sally Ride becomes a professor.

    Sally Ride becomes a professor.
    Sally Ride retires from her astronautical career and decides to settle down and become a professor of physics. Ride enjoys being a teacher and is very enthusiastic about her work. She loves telling her students about her adventures, and they in turn love her back.
  • Sally Ride founds her own company

    Sally Ride founds her own company
    Sally Ride becomes president and CEO of the company cally Sally Ride Science. This company creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls.
  • Sally Ride writes and publishes a book.

    Sally Ride writes and publishes a book.
    Sally Ride's book "Exploring Our Solar System" is written and published. It is a book adressed to children about the wonders of space.
  • Sally Ride writes and publishes a second book

    Sally Ride writes and publishes a second book
    Sally Ride writes the book "To Space and Back," a book addressed to children about her space adventures.
  • Sally Ride writes and publishes yet another book.

    Sally Ride writes and publishes yet another book.
    Sally Ride writes yet another book about her journey's into space. This one was entitled "Voyager: An Adveture to the Edge of the Solar System." It, too, was addressed to kids.
  • ANOTHER BOOK!!!

    ANOTHER BOOK!!!
    Now quite the author, Sally writes a publishes another book. She titled this one "Mission: Save the Planet."
  • Sally Ride becomes a member of honored comittee

    Sally Ride becomes a member of honored comittee
    Sally Ride become a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, an independent review requested by the Office of Science and Technology Policy.