Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space has passed away at the age of 61. One of the first female trailblazers in the world of Aviation and Aerospace, Ride has left behind a legacy of knowledge and inspiration. One of six women chosen to be astronaut candidates, Ride surpassed the others earning her place in history. Ride is still a constant inspiration to young girls all over the country. She had achieved many goals beyond even the space program. She was a physicist, president of her own company, author of five children’s science books and was a physics professor at the University of San Diego.
One of Ride’s last legacies was allowing middle school students to take their own pictures of the moon using cameras aboard NASA’s twin Grail spacecraft in a project spearheaded by her company.
“Sally literally could have done anything with her life. She decided to devote her life to education and to inspiring young people. To me, that’s such a powerful thing. It’s extraordinarily admirable,” said Maria Zuber, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who heads the Grail mission.