Sally Ride Day
About Sally Ride Day
When is Sally Ride Day? This holiday is always celebrated on May 26
Sally Ride Day is today, a May 26 holiday. Today, we honor the first American woman astronaut to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger”. STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983.
If any of you young ladies (and young gentlemen) have thought about becoming an astronaut, we encourage you to follow your dream of going into space. Exploration and taming of America’s western frontier made America what it is today. As a famous Trekkie once said. “Space is the final frontier”.
Today’s Top Song: Mustang Sally
How to Celebrate Sally Ride Day
Here are a few ideas on how to participate in and celebrate this holiday:
- Learn more about Sally Ride.
- Learn more about the space shuttle challenger, including the tragic explosion on a later flight.
- Learn more about the U.S. space program and NASA.
- Encourage and support an active and dedicated U.S. space program and policy.
- Watch a rocket launch.
- Learn about the Artemis project to return to the moon.
“I’m at a place in my life when errands are starting to count as going out.” – – Author Unknown
History and Origin of Sally Ride Day
Sally Ride Day was created in honor of the birth date of Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space. Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles, California.
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