Happy Pride Month 2022! This June, we are featuring inspirational quotes from extraordinary LGBTQ+ leaders. 🏳️🌈
Sally Ride (1951-2012) was an American astronaut and physicist. She joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman and the third woman in space. At 32 years old, she was the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space. Ride flew two missions on the Space Shuttle Challenger and left NASA in 1987.
After leaving NASA in 1987, Ride worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering. She also served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle disaster.
Ride was married to astronaut Steven Hawley during her spaceflight years and had a private, long-term relationship with former Women's Tennis Association player Tam O'Shaughnessy; she is the first known LGBTQ+ space traveller.