After America’s first woman in space retired from NASA, Sally Ride preferred to keep a low profile. The in 2001, while teaching physics at UC San Diego, she decided the time was right to use her famous name for a cause she cared about, cofounding a company called Sally Ride Science.
Sally Ride is remembered as the first American woman in space and as a champion of diversity and equity in science education. To mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of Sally Ride Science, here are 20 things you might not know about her.
Two evenings a week, a group of high school students in the West African nation of Ghana travel by taxi from the orphanage where they live to historic Cape Coast Castle, once a fort used to hold enslaved Africans before they were forced onto ships bound for the Americas.