Today is Sally Rides’ famous anniversary

18 Jun
Sally Ride aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.

Sally Ride aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.


Hello SK fans,

Today we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the first American woman to travel in space.

The late Sally Ride is credited with that incredible accomplishment aboard the Space Shuttle “Challenger,” way back in 1983.

Note: My Pub’s space career launched 11 years earlier, but was rather brief. It began and ended with a 1972 dance recital where she performed on stage as a space cadet. Really! There are photos. It was an easy gig – my pub playing a space cadet – because she could just be herself.

Back to our star, Sally Ride.

Aside from being an almost-pro tennis player, Sally was a student of English and physics at Stanford University in the late 1970s when she came across an advertisement by NASA that was seeking female astronaut candidates. On a whim, Sally applied and forewent a pro-tennis career in exchange for an intense training program for space travel.

We already know she was selected. Once onboard, she was responsible for placing satellites in outer space. So, now whenever you use a satellite – which we all do hundreds of times each day – you can thank Sally for placing it there.

Sally eventually left NASA and taught Physics at her alma mater and University of California San Diego. She and her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy wrote young adult books about space and science. She also founded “Sally Ride Science,” a program to encourage girls and women to study science. How fabulous is that!

Sally was also inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Sadly, My Pub was not – at least not yet.

Sally died in July 2012 from pancreatic cancer. She was young, 61, but proved one can accomplish many things, including space travel, if one just takes chances.

We enjoyed writing today’s upbeat post. There is just something so uplifting about learning about accomplished people. Hope you enjoy reading it, xo, LMA



8 Responses to “Today is Sally Rides’ famous anniversary”

  1. onespoiledcat June 18, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Great lady….well told story of a remarkable career.


  2. Bruce Thiesen June 18, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Uplifting, for sure (all the way to space). SK blog posts are wonderful.

  3. Carol Jamison June 18, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Ms. Alcatt, I thoroughly enjoyed today’s post! I well remember Sally Ride’s first ride, and how awesome it was to see a woman recognized for her talents, and able to participate in what was then a “man’s” world. Ride, Sally Ride!

    • Louisa May Alcatt June 25, 2014 at 6:43 am #

      We love the “Ride, Sally, Ride” wish we thought of it, xo LMA

  4. soonie2 June 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    She sure was a phenomenal woman! Wonderful post!

    • Louisa May Alcatt June 25, 2014 at 6:43 am #

      thanks, phenomenal people can’t help but create wonderful posts! xo LMA

  5. LB June 25, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    We were talking about Sally Ride the other night. What a Woman / What an Example!!
    (Pancreas Cancer! Devastating!)

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