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

9. After Ride retired from NASA, she joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, as a professor of physics and director of the California Space Institute. Then in 2001, she started Sally Ride Science to help motivate young people, especially girls, to pursue science, math, and technology.

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