About the Program
In 2003, from the Sally Ride Science Festival on the UCLA campus, America’s first woman astronaut discussed her latest book, “Exploring Our Solar System.” Co-authored by Sally Ride and Tam O’Shaughnessy, the book outlines what has been learned about our solar system from telescopes and spacecraft. Starting with Mercury and working outward, Ms. Ride describes the nine planets and explains the formation, current conditions, and possibility of life on each. Ms. Ride’s presentation included full-color slides that focus on the characteristics of the planets and their moons. Ms. Ride died on July 23, 2012.
In 1983, Sally Ride became America’s first women astronaut when she participated in a six-day flight aboard the space shuttle Challenger. She subsequently served as professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Ride wrote "To Space and Back" and was co-author, with Tam O'Shaughnessy, of "Voyager," "The Mystery of Mars" and "The Third Planet." Ms. Ride founded and led Imaginary Lines, which operates the Sally Ride Science Club, a national club to support girls’ interest in math, science, and technology. For more information on Imaginary Lines, visit the website at www.sallyride.com. Ms. Ride died on July 23, 2012.
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