Sally K. Ride Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
Died: July 23, 2012 in La Jolla, California
NASA Astronaut (Deceased)
PERSONAL DATA: Born May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles, California. Died on July 23, 2012. She is survived by Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years; her mother, Joyce Ride; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin and her nephew, Whitney. Her father, Dale B. Ride, is deceased. She enjoyed tennis (having been an instructor and having achieved national ranking as a junior), running, volleyball, softball and stamp collecting.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Westlake High School, Los Angeles, California, in 1968; received from Stanford University a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1973 and a Master of Science and Doctorate in Physics in 1975 and 1978, respectively.
EXPERIENCE: Dr. Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. In August 1979, she completed a one-year training and evaluation period, making her eligible for assignment as a Mission Specialist on future space shuttle flight crews. She subsequently performed as an on-orbit Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) on the STS-2 and STS-3 missions.
Dr. Ride was a Mission Specialist on STS-7, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983. She was accompanied by Captain Robert L. Crippen (spacecraft commander), Captain Frederick H. Hauck (pilot), and fellow Mission Specialists, Colonel John M. Fabian and Dr. Norman E. Thagard. This was the second flight for the orbiter Challenger and the first mission with a five-person crew. During the mission, the STS-7 crew deployed satellites for Canada (ANIK C-2) and Indonesia (PALAPA B-1); operated the Canadian-built Remote Manipulator System (RMS) to perform the first deployment and retrieval exercise with the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS-01); conducted the first formation flying of the orbiter with a free-flying satellite (SPAS-01); carried and operated the first U.S./German cooperative materials science payload (OSTA-2) and operated the Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES) and the Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR) experiments, in addition to activating seven Getaway Specials. Mission duration was 147 hours before landing on a lakebed runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 24, 1983.
Dr. Ride served as a Mission Specialist on STS 41-G, which launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 5, 1984. This was the largest crew to fly to date and included Captain Robert L. Crippen (spacecraft commander), Captain Jon A. McBride (pilot), fellow Mission Specialists, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan and Commander David C. Leestma, as well as two payloads specialists, Commander Marc Garneau and Paul Scully-Power. Their eight-day mission deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, conducted scientific observations of the Earth with the OSTS-3 pallet and Large Format Camera and as demonstrated potential satellite refueling with a spacewalk and associated hydrazine transfer. Mission duration was 197 hours and concluded with a landing at Kennedy Space Center on October 13, 1984.
In June 1985, Dr. Ride was assigned to the crew of STS 61-M. Mission training was terminated in January 1986 following the space shuttle Challenger accident. Dr. Ride served as a member of the Presidential Commission investigating the accident. Upon completion of the investigation, she was assigned to NASA Headquarters as Special Assistant to the Administrator for long-range and strategic planning.
In 1989, Dr. Ride joined the faculty at the University of California San Diego as a Professor of Physics and Director of the University of California's California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded her own company, Sally Ride Science to pursue her long-time passion of motivating girls and young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology. The company creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students and their parents and teachers.
A long-time advocate for improved science education, Dr. Ride has written five science books for children: To Space and Back; Voyager; The Third Planet; The Mystery of Mars and Exploring Our Solar System. She has also initiated and directed education projects designed to fuel middle school students' fascination with science.
Dr. Ride was a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Research Council's Space Studies Board and has served on the boards of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Foundation. Dr. Ride is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and served on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation and the California Institute of Technology. She is the only person to have served on the commissions investigating both the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia accidents.
Dr. Ride received numerous honors and awards. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame and has received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the von Braun Award, the Lindbergh Eagle and the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award. She has also twice been awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal.
SALLY K. RIDE Sally K. Ride signs an official NASA color publicity photograph of the solar system as seen looking toward Earth from the moon. Photograph signed: "Sally K Ride". Color, 10x8. Official NASA photo. Captioned: "The Solar System/As seen looking toward Earth from the Moon". read more...
Sale Price $216.00
SALLY K. RIDE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: CAPTAIN ROBERT "BOB" CRIPPEN, CAPTAIN JON A. McBRIDE, CAPTAIN KATHRYN D. SULLIVAN - HFSID 156680SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER: SALLY K. RIDE, BOB CRIPPEN, KATHY SULLIVAN & JON McBRIDE Official color NASA publicity photograph of the space shuttle Challenger. Photograph signed: "Jon McBride", "Bob Crippen", "Sally K Ride" and "Kathryn D Sullivan read more...
Sale Price $1,360.00
SALLY K. RIDE - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL VALERI BYKOVSKY, MAJOR GENERAL VALENTINA TERESHKOVA - HFSID 80665The first two Russian women and the first American woman in space sign this commemorative envelope honoring the Vostok 5 and Vostok 6 flights read more...
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SALLY K. RIDE - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CAPTAIN NORMAN E. THAGARD, CAPTAIN ROBERT "BOB" CRIPPEN, COLONEL JOHN M. FABIAN, CAPTAIN FREDERICK "RICK" HAUCK - HFSID 172159ASTRONAUTS: SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER The astronauts of the space shuttle Challenger sign a philatelic envelope honoring the flight of the Challenger. Philatelic envelope signed: "Sally K. read more...
Sale Price $396.00
SALLY RIDE Sally Ride signs a press release about the KSC's shuttle runway. Press Release signed: "Sally K Ride", 3p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Kennedy Space Center, Florida, 1979 March no day. Release KSC 20-79. Headed: "KSC's Shuttle Runway Among World's Largest". read more...
Sale Price $360.00
SALLY K. RIDE Sally K. Ride signs a special cover. Special cover signed: "Sally K Ride", 6½x3½. Sally Kirsten Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman in space. She and four male colleagues were aboard the Challenger Space Shuttle from June 18-24, 1983, the first five-person crew. read more...
Sale Price $162.00
SALLY K. RIDE Sally K. Ride signs a philatelic envelope commemorating the first successful landing of the Columbia space shuttle. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Sally K Ride", 6½x3½. read more...
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SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 7 CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CAPTAIN NORMAN E. THAGARD, SALLY K. RIDE, CAPTAIN ROBERT "BOB" CRIPPEN, COLONEL JOHN M. FABIAN, CAPTAIN FREDERICK "RICK" HAUCK - HFSID 296012SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER: STS-7 MISSION Commemorative Envelope signed by all five crew members: Crippen, Hauck, Fabian, Ride and Thagard Commemorative Envelope signed: "Bob Crippen", "Sally K. Ride", "John Fabian", "Norman Thagard", "Rick Hauck", 6½x3½. read more...
Sale Price $315.00