Sally Ride (1951-2012), the first American woman in space.
She flew in space twice, first in 1983 (on mission STS-7) and the second time in 1984 (on mission STS-41-G). The top picture was taken on her second flight into space. Ride is on the right, while on the left is Kathryn Sullivan, a fellow astronaut. Both Sullivan and Ride were selected by NASA in 1978 as part of a new group of 35 astronauts to fly the Space Shuttle. There were five women in that group (bottom image), all of whom eventually flew in space. They were, from left to right: Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon, Kathryn Sullivan, Judith Resnik, Anna Fisher, and Sally Ride. They all had pretty interesting careers.
Shannon Lucid, 69, flew 5 times in space, including over six months on board the Russian space station Mir. She retired from NASA earlier this year, in January.
Rhea Seddon, 64, flew 3 times in space, and was one of the first practising physicians to go into space. After retiring from NASA, she returned to Tennessee where she was the Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville. She continues to promote innovative healthcare programs.
Kathryn Sullivan, 60, flew 3 times in space and became the first American woman to walk in space in 1984. She is now President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
Judith Resnik was killed in 1986 during the Challenger disaster on mission STS-51-L. She was 36 years old. That mission was to be her second space mission. She was the first American Jewish astronaut in space.
Anna Fisher, 62, flew once in space in 1984, becoming the first mother in space. She still works for NASA but in a management position.
Sally Ride, died on July 23, 2012 at the age of 61. Besides her space missions, she served on both the Challenger and Columbia accident investigation commissions. Later, she founded Sally Ride Science, a foundation to encourage girls to go into science. And last, but not least, she’s probably the first gay woman in space.