10 Things to Know: Sally Ride

The first American woman (and possibly the first LGBT person) in space will receive a posthumous honor from the president this week.

BY Michelle Garcia

November 19 2013 7:00 AM ET

3. Ride was not only the first American woman in space, but at 32, she was also the youngest person to leave the earth's atmosphere when she took off on the space shuttle Challenger June 18, 1983.

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