Pendant, Mission Patch, STS-41G, Sally Ride
- Sally K. Ride
- This STS-41G pendant was owned by Dr. Sally K. Ride, commemorating her second and final shuttle mission in 1984. Near the center of the pendant is a design taken from NASA's astronaut pin--a star capping three trajectories, encircled by an elliptical wreath symbolizing orbital flight. Beside each astronaut's name, there are appropriate male or female symbols. STS-41G was the first flight to have two women--Ride and Kathy Sullivan. Two extra crew members were added after the emblem design was created and were added on the bottom. Marc Garneau was the first astronaut from Canada, which is denoted by a flag next to his name.
- Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard STS-7 in 1983. A physicist with a Ph.D., she joined the astronaut corps in 1978 as a part of the first class of astronauts recruited specifically for the Space Shuttle Program. Viewed as a leader in the NASA community, she served on the Rogers Commission after the Challenger disaster in 1986 as well as the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) in 2003. She also led the task force that produced a visionary strategic planning report in 1987 titled, “NASA Leadership and America’s Future in Space,” but known popularly as the Ride Report.
- After she retired from NASA in 1987, Dr. Ride taught first at Stanford and later at the University of California, San Diego. Until her death in 2012, she was president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company that promoted science education.
- Dr. Ride’s partner, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, donated the patch to the Museum in 2013.
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- Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy
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- Copper Alloy
- Unknown Plating
- 3-D: 2.9 × 1.7 × 0.3cm (1 1/8 × 11/16 × 1/8 in.)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- National Air and Space Museum
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