Astronaut Sally Ride
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Sally Ride

Sally K. Ride was a NASA astronaut, physicist, and engineer. In 1983 Sally became the first American woman in space, but she was also the youngest, having done so at the age of 32. Ride was selected to be an astronaut as part of NASA Astronaut Group 8, in 1978, the first class to select women.

Having been married to astronaut Steven Hawley during her spaceflight years and in a private, long-term relationship with former Women’s Tennis Association player Tam O’Shaughnessy in her years after, she is the earliest space traveler to have been recognized as LGBT.

In 2013, President Obama posthumously honored Ride with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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