She started playing tennis at the age of ten and briefly dropped out of college to pursue a professional tennis career. When she realized she would never be a top player, she enrolled at Stanford to study science.
She was given the Theodore Roosevelt Award by the NCAA.
In 1987 & 88 she worked at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control.
She was a nationally ranked tennis player at the junior level.
She served as CAPCOM for STS-2 & STS-3, the second and third Space Shuttle flights.
She founded her own company in 2001, called Sally Ride Science, which is involved with motivating girls to pursue careers in science. The company produces programs and publication for upper elementary and middle school students, parents and teachers.
She founded NASA's Office of Exploration.
Sally was married at one time to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley.
She received bachelor's degrees in English and Physics from Stanford University.
Prior to going into space, she helped develop the robot arm on the space shuttle.
She went to high school at Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles.
On 18 June 1983, she became the first American woman to go into space.
She earned a master's degree and a PhD in physics.
She has written a number of children's books about space exploration.
She was a Physics professor at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
There is a school, Sally K. Ride Elementary School, in The Woodlands, Texas that is named after her.
She is the only person to serve on both Space Shuttle accident investigation panels (Challenger and Columbia).
Her first two trips into space were aboard the Shuttle Challenger. Her third flight was cancelled after the tragic loss of that same shuttle.
She attended Swarthmore College.
Sally Ride: All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.
Sally Ride: Our future lies with today's kids and tomorrow's space exploration.
Sally Ride: (on her first space flight) The thing that I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun I'll ever have in my life.