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.



7. Ride met her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, when they were playing tennis at age 12. Ride was pretty good — she competed in national tournaments and won a scholarship to Westlake. O'Shaughnessy became a professional tennis player, then went on to earn degrees in biology and psychology, and became a science teacher. She worked with Ride on six books — Voyager, The Third Planet, The Mystery of Mars, Exploring Our Solar System, Mission Planet Earth, and Mission Save the Planet.