Ride was a physicist, a science writer and the president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company that encourages youth to consider careers in science, math and technology. She had also been a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego.
“Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, commitment, and love,” said Sally Ride Science in a press release. “Her integrity was absolute; her spirit was immeasurable; her approach to life was fearless.”
Ride became the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983 when she was 32 years old. She was an inspiration to scores of young girls and to the 42 other women who followed her into space.