|Dr. Sally Ride|
|Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to orbit Earth when she was launched aboard Challenger in 1983.|
Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. She attended Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, a Masters degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in physics. She applied to the astronaut corps after reading an advertisement in a newspaper. She entered the corps in 1978 and completed her training in 1979. Her first and second flights were aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. She left NASA in 1987 to teach at Stanford University. Since 1989, she has been at the University of California at San Diego as a professor and as head of the California Space Institute. She is currently on leave from the university and is directing Sally Ride Science, a company that creates fun science programs for young learners. She has also written several books for kids about space.
Dr. Ride's first space flight was aboard which Space Shuttle?
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