Sally Ride

1951 - 2012

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Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman in space. She was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sally Ride has received more than 3,960,063 page views. Her biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Sally Ride is the 73rd most popular astronaut (up from 79th in 2019), the 3,462nd most popular biography from United States (down from 3,270th in 2019) and the 37th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Sally Ride ranks 73 out of 524Before her are Konstantin Feoktistov, Deke Slayton, Phạm Tuân, Anatoly Berezovoy, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, and Georgy Beregovoy. After her are Joseph A. Walker, Georgy Grechko, Claude Nicollier, Boris Volynov, Vladimir Lyakhov, and Viktor Savinykh.

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Among people born in 1951, Sally Ride ranks 130Before her are K. K. Downing, Jack Unterweger, Shigemi Ishii, Migueli, Jean-Jacques Goldman, and Christopher Cross. After her are Roger Myerson, Fabrice Luchini, Cheryl Ladd, Ondrej Nepela, Ivars Godmanis, and Jesse Ventura. Among people deceased in 2012, Sally Ride ranks 144Before her are Eve Arnold, Gitta Sereny, Vicar, Boris Parygin, Josef Škvorecký, and Henry Hill. After her are Jack Tramiel, Maxim of Bulgaria, Lisa Della Casa, Roy Salvadori, Celeste Holm, and Han Suyin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sally Ride ranks 3,462 out of 15,968Before her are Christopher Cross (1951), Henry Hill (1943), Joshua Fishman (1926), Paul Wesley (1982), Mimi Rogers (1956), and Catherine Keener (1959). After her are Eric Dolphy (1928), Rob Cohen (1949), Judy Holliday (1921), Carl Panzram (1892), Tyne Daly (1946), and Ray Brown (1926).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Sally Ride ranks 37Before her are Dick Scobee (1939), Wally Schirra (1923), Scott Carpenter (1925), Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929), Judith Resnik (1949), and Deke Slayton (1924). After her are Joseph A. Walker (1921), Gregory Jarvis (1944), Stuart Roosa (1933), Sunita Williams (1965), Rusty Schweickart (1935), and Donn F. Eisele (1930).