May 26th Sally Ride Day

Today we celebrate the accomplishments of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. She was a part of the “Challenger”, STS-7, in 1983. Most of the American Astronauts had been men serving in the military prior to Ms. Ride. She went through the same training as men and had to become as qualified to be a part of the crew as anyone else. She was the Challenger’s physicist for STS-7 and STS-41-G. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1951 she unfortunate died of cancer in 2012.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Sally Ride. Read about NASA. Learn about the requirements to become an astronaut.

May 26th Sally Ride Day

Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to make it into space. She was a specialist aboard STS-7 on June 18th, 1983. (Man that seems so long ago) Though she passed in 2012, she will live on in history, and the memory of those interested in the American Space Program. We should celebrate anyone who is the first to do anything, but I wonder if she did it to be the first woman in space or just because that was her love and drive. I have to believe, knowing a little of what it takes to become and astronaut, that it was her life, not because she was a male or female. I believe anyone can do what they want in life but do it for the right reasons, not to just get the press.. which in the end means nothing to anyone. Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951 and spent her life accomplishing what she wanted from life.

How to celebrate – Study Sally Ride’s accomplishments. Honor the entire space program and all who worked so hard to accomplish it. Be all that you can be.

May 26th Sally Ride Day

The first American woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride was a mission specialist on STS-7, the Challenger shuttle craft, 1983.  The physical rigors required to serve as an astronaut are daunting. That’s why military men are normally selected to be astronauts, but Sally Ride was able to match what any man could withstand and became the first woman in space after nearly three years of training.

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Born on May 26th, 1951, today was chosen to celebrate her accomplishments because it would be her birthday. Unfortunately she died in 2012 of cancer. She also went into space in 1984 and was training for her third flight when the Challenger disaster occurred.

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She was one of the few that supported the idea of a faulty o-ring causing the explosion. It did not make her particularly popular among the NASA upper management but she was right! Maybe her 343 hours in space gave her the leg up.

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It’s sad to think that our space program barely exists anymore. If it were not for the private companies now launching space craft people such as Sally Ride might be forgotten.

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How to celebrate – Remember Sally Ride by celebrating her birthday today. Watch any You Tube footage you can find of her in space. Check out all the other women who have served as astronauts.