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.



4. During her first mission in space, which lasted 147 hours, Ride was part of a crew that launched satellites for Canada and operated a mechanical arm to perform several groundbreaking exercises. She also wore a patch with a female symbol on her uniform and carried the banners from her prep school and her college, according to The Daily Beast. During her second mission, which lasted eight days, Ride was part of the largest crew to fly into space.