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Key, City and County of San Francisco, Sally Ride

Object Details

Owner
Sally K. Ride
Summary
This key to the City and County of San Francisco was awarded to Dr. Sally K. Ride in November 1984 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein became the first female mayor of San Francisco in 1978, the same year that Ride, along with five other women, became NASA's first female astronaut candidates.
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard STS-7 in 1983. Her second and last space mission was STS-41G in 1984. 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 key to the Museum in 2013.
Country of Origin
United States of America
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Credit Line
Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy
Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Inventory Number
A20140253000
Type
AWARDS-Miscellaneous
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Materials
Brass
Dimensions
3-D: 10.2 × 4.4 × 24.4cm (4 × 1 3/4 × 9 5/8 in.)
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9d23eaee0-e16b-4536-af60-1276e79cad28
Record ID
nasm_A20140253000

Key, City and County of San Francisco, Sally Ride

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