Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, passed away on July 23, 2012, at her home in San Diego. She had a 61-year-old age. What led to her demise? We shall discuss that later.
Sally Ride Death
Sally Ride Science, Sally Ride’s company, posted the pancreatic cancer diagnosis on its website. The Challenger launched on June 18, 1983, and Dr. Ride, a physicist who sought for an astronaut position in a newspaper in 1978 and was chosen, finished a second mission in 1984. At 32 years old, she was the youngest American in space.
Every astronaut on board died in both the Challenger explosion in 1986 and the Columbia disaster in 2003, and she later went on to become the only person to sit on both panels inquiring into these events.
Dr. Ride had finished her studies at Stanford University and was looking for employment. She was an English major with degrees in physics and astrophysics. She admitted to looking at the standards and determining that she met them in an interview with The New York Times in 1982.
She put in a request and got in. In her words, “I think the women’s movement had already prepared the way for my coming.”
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Sally Ride At NASA
By the time she began her studies of laser physics at Stanford, women had already made progress in what had previously been a boys’ club. And when she applied to the space program, NASA had already made a commitment to accepting women.
There were still some hiccups, though. Prior to the first shuttle flight, Dr. Ride spoke to media. She was chosen in part because to her reputation for remaining calm under pressure. She graciously resisted the onslaught of questions regarding her sex. Would space travel harm her reproductive organs? Did she plan on having children? In space, would she wear makeup or a bra? Did she sob at her job? In space, how would she manage her period?
Diane Sawyer, a CBS News journalist, asked her to demonstrate a recently built privacy screen over the shuttle’s lavatory. On “The Tonight Show,” Johnny Carson joked that Dr. travel needed to find a purse to go with her shoes, so the shuttle travel would be delayed.
In a statement to the media during a NASA press conference, Dr. Ride lamented the severity of the issue. It’s terrible that culture hasn’t developed more in our society.
The Soviet Union has already launched two women into space. She entered the space station and was met by a male cosmonaut who informed her that the kitchen and an apron were ready for her.
During her early years at NASA, Dr. Ride trained in weightlessness, parachute jumping, water survival, and the intense G-forces of a rocket launch. She got expertise in jet flight.
She also switched from physics to engineering as her major and worked on the development of a robotic arm for the space shuttle. She was chosen for the 1983 mission in part because to Challenger commander Robert L. Crippen’s knowledge of the device. She and a team of five spent about six days in space, using the arm to deploy and recover a satellite.
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