The first American woman in space is honored by a New Google Doodle

The first American woman in space is honored by a New Google Doodle

On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space. On Tuesday, Google made a present for her: for Sally’s 64th birthday they created a new animated Google Doodle.

Sally Ride, the famous astronaut and physicist, worked in that sphere to encourage the youth to study math and science. 

On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space. On Tuesday, Google made a present for her: for Sally’s 64th birthday they created a new animated Google Doodle.

On May 26, 1951, the famous astronaut was born. In 1977 Ride was studying in Stanford University to get her Ph.D. in physics and, while studying, she filed an application to join NASA. Only six women were chosen to be astronauts, including Sally Ride.

When Sally was 32, she had her first trip to space on board of the space shuttle, which was called “Challenger”. Thus, she was considered to be the first woman from America in space. The next year she had one more mission, as well on “Challenger” board.

Sally Ride on Challenger board

While being on a mission in space, Sally’s colleague, Tam O’Shaughnessy, wrote in the blog about Ride’s impressions. He wrote that while being in space, Sally realized that it was extremely important to take good care of our delicate planet and become an environmentalists.

After Sally Ride had left NASA, she became the professor of physics at the University of California at San Diego and the director of the California Space Institute. She saw that young girls weren’t keen on studying such subjects like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), so she worked hard to give them an inspiration and encouragement.

Once Ride said that everywhere she went, she could see those young people who were willing to explore space or to become oceanographers, zoologists and engineers. She hoped that in 10 year time they all would achieve their aims. She also said that they were on their way to do that.

To help the youth to study science, in 2001, with the help of O’Shaughnessy, she founded Sally Ride Science. That is a company that created programs that eased the process of studying in funny and interesting ways.

The work with NASA was not over for Ride, as she led different programs for GRAIL’s mission. It sent satellites to study the moon’s gravity.

Sally Ride in NASA uniform

Sally Ride in NASA uniform

During her life, Sally Ride got a lot of awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NCAA’s Theodore Roosevelt Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom. She became one of the members of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

President of United States Barack Obama said:

As the first American woman in space, Sally did not just break the stratospheric glass ceiling, she blasted through it

Sadly, on July 23, 2012, when Sally was 61, she died from cancer.

 

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