Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist and dedicated educator who inspired the nation, was commemorated on a Forever stamp.
“Sally Ride’s history-making journey has made it easier for young girls to dream of one day being an astronaut, an engineer, a physicist or a mathematician. Today, girls don’t just dream. Because of trailblazers like Sally Ride, they have been empowered to do!” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver.
Joining Seaver were Pradeep K. Khosla, chancellor at UC San Diego; Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at UC San Diego, who will serve as master of ceremonies; Billie Jean King, tennis legend, champion of social justice and Ride’s friend; Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and another friend of Ride; and Tam O’Shaughnessy, co-founder and executive director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego and Ride’s widow.
“I admired Sally for her intellect that she applied as a scientist, her focus and passion for STEM education and her astounding competence in so many areas, including her critical contributions to NASA and the nation,” Ochoa said. “As much in demand as she was, she always made time to meet with young women who dreamed of becoming astronauts. I am thrilled to be part of the Sally Ride Forever stamp dedication, continuing her legacy of inspiring people across the country and, indeed, around the world.”
View the ceremony, which was posted to the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page, here.
View a Sally Ride photo gallery on NASA.gov here.
Former astronaut Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space, speaks at the Sally Ride stamp dedication. Image Credit: USPS/Daniel Afzal
Sally Ride's mother Joyce admires the artwork for the new postage stamp issued in her daughter's honor. Image Credit: USPS/Daniel Afzal
Tennis legend Billie Jean King (second from left) and former NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa (second from right) join U.S. Postal Service and University of California San Diego officials at the dedication of the new Sally Ride Forever postage stamp. Image Credit: USPS/Daniel Afzal