She also explored why so few young girls were entering into math, technology, science, and engineering classes.
Mission specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. Image courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
On June 18, 1983, 35 years ago, Sally Ride became the first American woman to launch into space, riding the Space Shuttle STS-7 flight with four other crew members. Only five years earlier, in 1978, she had been selected to the first class of 35 astronauts — including six women — who would fly on the Space Shuttle.