Astronaut, professor, and pioneer, Sally Ride taught young women and girls that the sky is not the limit. The first woman in space died on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the age 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Ride made history in 1983, after beating out 8,000 other applicants when NASA opened up its space program to women. As the youngest person to ever enter space at 32-years-old, she served as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger.
In 1973, she received her Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Arts in English, as well as her Masters and Doctorate, from Stanford University.
Ride was a member of the President’ Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board.
She also wrote five science books for children and initiated and directed educational science projects for middle school students. In 2001, Ride founded Sally Ride Science, a program used to motivate young women and girls pursue careers in STEM related fields.
Vision 2020 will remember Ride as a trailblazer for women in STEM. She has inspired countless young girls to never be afraid to reach beyond the moon and stars.