As a junior in High School the NASA space shuttle program fascinated me. I built models of the ship on its 747 chauffeur when it first came out. Later I watched every televised launch I could regardless of how late it made me for school or how late I had to stay up to see it. If you’d like more about Sally Ride here is her Wikipedia page. Here is the article from Yahoo! And here is Sally Ride’s website, Sally Ride Science.
On June 18, 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman to go into space aboard the Space shuttle Challenger on STS-7. On July 23, 2012 she passed away after a 17 month bout with pancreatic cancer. She boldly went where no America woman had gone before and she will be missed. Sally Ride was 61.