NASA Astronaut and the first American woman in space, is currently the president and CEO of Imaginary Lines, Inc. and a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego (USCD). Imaginary Lines is a company devoted to supporting and encouraging girls interested in math, science and technology. The company operates the Sally Ride Science Club, whose mission is to keep girls engaged in science by connecting them to people, information and attitudes that will nurture their interest at a critical time in their lives.
Dr. Ride was raised in Los Angeles and attended Stanford. She was later selected for NASA's astronaut corps. Her first space flight was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983; her second was also aboard Challenger, in 1984. Training for her third spaceflight was interrupted by the Space Shuttle Challenger accident. Dr. Ride served as a member of the Presidential Commission investigating the accident, and chaired its subcommittee on Operations. She then served as NASA's first director of Strategic Planning.
In 1989, Dr. Ride joined the faculty at UCSD as a Professor of Physics and Director of the University of California's California Space Institute. Long an advocate for improved science education, she has written five science books for children. She has been a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Research Council's Space Studies Board, and has served on the Boards of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and the NCAA Foundation. Dr. Ride has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame and has received numerous honors and awards. She has twice been awarded the National Spaceflight Medal.
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