Sally Ride was born in 1951 in California. She loved science and tennis. She went to college at Stanford University where she earned multiple degrees in physics. In 1977, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) began looking for women to become astronauts. Although Sally was a student at the time, she applied to be part of the program and she was one of the six women chosen!
Sally Ride made history on June 18, 1983 when she became the first American woman to fly in space! Her job in space was to work a robotic arm on the space shuttle. She had to use the robot to put satellites into space. She went into space again in 1984 and that was her last trip on a spaceship.