As kids in the 80s, Sally Ride was our introduction to astronauts and space travel. She was strong, smart, and had hair like Ashlie’s mom. Books in the library showed pictures of what that hair, and the woman behind it, looked like in space. Articles about Ride and her fellow astronauts showed up in our Weekly Readers at school. Every one of us wanted to go to space, and because of Sally Ride, we all believed we could.
Dr. Sally Ride was an astronaut, physicist, professor, author, and entrepreneur. She not only dedicated her life to science and science communication, but to helping the rest of us see ourselves in her world.