Sally Ride: 6 Things You Might Not Know About America’s First Woman Astronaut

Back in 1983, when Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger, the California-born astronaut shattered the glass ceiling of gender discrimination in a spectacular way. Nearly three decades later, space travel has reached a level of equality that a woman astronaut such as Peggy Whitson actually can command a space station mission without making headlines. But the passage of time has made it easy to forget the height of …