While Sally Ride is famous for being the first woman to go into space, other interesting facts about her include that she was excellent at crossword puzzles, skilled at tennis and also a lesbian. In addition, Ride was a strong advocate for women and girls pursuing careers in science. She died in 2012 after battling pancreatic cancer.Continue Reading
Ride involved herself in numerous efforts to promote interest in science and space. She founded Sally Ride Science in 2001, an outreach organization which encourages children to learn more about science and math. She also wrote a number of children's books about space and appeared in a 2009 Luis Vuitton ad campaign, donating most of the profits from her appearance to the Climate Project founded by Al Gore.
After earning a doctorate from Stanford and completing two space missions, Ride was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003. She received the National Space Grant Distinguished Service award from President Obama and is also listed in the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Ride married astronaut Richard Shawley in 1982, although they later divorced. After her divorce, Ride entered into a relationship with Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, with whom she remained until her death.Learn more about Non-fiction