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Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Sally Ride was an American astronaut, physicist, and engineer. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was the third woman in space overall. After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering.

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A Conversation with Sally Ride

April 18, 2005 • 0:28:50

A Conversation with Sally Ride

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