Skip to main content

Pin, Peninsula Tennis Club, Sally Ride

Object Details

Owner
Sally K. Ride
Summary
This Peninsula Tennis Club pin was presented to Dr. Sally K. Ride for her participation in an invitational tournament in Burlingame, California. Ride took her first tennis lesson in 1961, and she quickly became a talented and dedicated player. She entered the private Westlake School for Girls in 1965 on a partial tennis scholarship and also went on to become a nationally-ranked tennis player as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College and Stanford University. She briefly considered becoming a professional player, but decided to concentrate on a career in science instead.
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 pin to the Museum in 2013.
Country of Origin
United States of America
See more items in
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Credit Line
Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy
Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Inventory Number
A20140267000
Type
AWARDS-Insignia
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Materials
Copper Alloy
Coating
Dimensions
3-D: 2.5cm × 2.5cm × 1cm (1 × 1 × 0.4 in.)
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv904d7a5d0-658c-4b3a-af05-43b5641c6d52
Record ID
nasm_A20140267000

Pin, Peninsula Tennis Club, Sally Ride

slideshow with 2 slides
Back to Top Back to Main Content