(May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012)
Sally Rise was the first American woman to go to space. Sally was born and raised in Encino, California. From a young age Sally showed interest in non traditionally female subjects for that time, such as science and sports. She attended Stanford University where she doble majored in Physics and English and later received a Ph.D specializing in X-rays.
She was chosen to join Nasa in 1978 and in June 18,1983 she became the first American female astronaut to travel to space onboard of the Space Shuttle Challenger STS-5. During her time at NASA she traveled to space twice and worked in numerous projects and investigations such as the development of the space shuttle`s “Canadarm” robotic arm.
After NASA Sally worked at Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control. She later on became a physics professor at the University of San Diego. She also became and advocate for women and develop a science program for girls. Sally was added to the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003.
The idea a woman going to space was completely new and revolutionary at the time and unfortunately she had to face lots of media sexist bulling. Sally was a very private person, after her death, it was made public that she was the first LGBT astronaut and her partner for nearly 3 decades Tam O`Shaughnessy has kept Sally`s legacy alive.
Sally was a brilliant and strong woman, she was a pioneer of her time. She followed her dreams and ideals to space and back and made history while doing it. I believe that going to space is only one of the amazing things Sally did and today we should honor her legacy.