California, May 26: Google on Tuesday mark 64th birth anniversary of first lady to travel to Space, Sally Ride, one of the youngest astronauts to travel to space at the age of 32. Google portrays glimpses of Ride’s video on their home and also her journey of being astronaut.
Sally was born on May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles. She grew up playing with a chemistry set and small telescope—and playing football in the streets with the neighborhood kids. Later she considered playing professional tennis, but decided instead to study science.
In 1977, Sally was finishing her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University when she saw an article in the student newspaper saying that NASA was looking for astronauts—and for the first time was allowing women to apply.
Sally didn’t hesitate to send in her application, and became one of six women selected as part of the new crop of astronaut candidates. On June 18, 1983, she soared into history as the first American woman in space.
After leaving NASA, Sally became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. She loved being a scientist, but she was concerned that many young people—especially girls and minority students—abandon their early interest in science and math.
After leaving NASA Sally promoted the scientist and astronauts as career and decided to use her high profile to motivate young people to stick with their interest in science and to consider pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.
In 2001, Sally and I and three friends started Sally Ride Science to create programs and publications that bring science to life and show young people that STEM is fascinating, creative, and fun. Sally died almost three years ago on July 23, 2012, from pancreatic cancer.
According to Google’s blog they posted that, Sally said it best . . .
“Everywhere I go I meet girls and boys who want to be astronauts and explore space, or they love the ocean and want to be oceanographers, or they love animals and want to be zoologists, or they love designing things and want to be engineers. I want to see those same stars in their eyes in 10 years and know they are on their way!”