Sally Ride was the first female American astronaut, third female over-all, and the youngest woman at 32, to be launched into outer space. She was a port of the STS-7 crew of June 18th, 1983. May 26th was her birthday, 1951. She was a physicist as well as an astronaut who opened the doors for other female astronauts in the American space program. She died in 2012 after a 17 month battle with cancer.
How to celebrate – Read about Sally Ride’s accomplishments. Find out how many other women made it into the space program. Learn about the Russian women in space.