Currently alive, at 68 years of age.
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1951 – Born in Los Angeles on the 26th of May.
1978 – Ride joined NASA as part of the first astronaut class to accept women.
1983 – On the 18th of June, she became the first American woman in space as a crewmember on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7.
1984 – Her second space flight, also on board the Challenger.
1987 – Ride left to work at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control.
1989 – She became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the California Space Institute.
2003 – She was asked to serve on the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board.