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Sally Ride

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Birthday
26, 1951
Birthplace
Los Angeles, CA
Death Date
Jul 23, 2012 (61)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
26, 1951
Birthplace
Los Angeles, CA
Death Date
Jul 23, 2012 (61)

About

American astronaut and physicist who joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman to enter low-Earth orbit. She flew two missions aboard the Challenger shuttle: STS-7 and STS-41-G.

Before Fame

Growing up, she was a nationally ranked tennis player, and took physics classes at UCLAStanford University, Swarthmore College, and Harvard-Westlake School for Girls.

Trivia

At the time of her first spaceflight in 1983, she was the youngest American to enter space.

Family Life

She married Steven Hawley in 1982 and divorced him in 1987. After her death, it was revealed that she had a 27-year relationship with Tam O'Shaughnessy, a female tennis player and professor.

Associated With

Though she was the first American woman to enter space, Russia's Valentina Tereshkova was the first female to journey into space.