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Microscope, Mayflower, Sally Ride

Object Details

Manufacturer
Mayflower
Owner
Sally K. Ride
Summary
This Mayflower microscope belonged to Dr. Sally K. Ride. As a child, Ride showed an aptitude for science and mathematics, and her parents gave her a microscope and telescope. According to her sister, Karen "Bear" Ride, Sally spent more time with the telescope (also in the Museum's collection), frequently setting it up on the family's front lawn to view her favorite constellation, Orion, or the rings of Saturn and other astronomical objects.
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew on the STS-7 shuttle mission 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 in 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 accident in 1986 and the Columbia Accident Investigation Board 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 left NASA in 1987, Dr. Ride taught first at Stanford and later at the University of California, San Diego, where she also served as the director of the California Space Institute. Until her death in 2012, she was president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she founded to promote science education.
Dr. Ride’s partner, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, donated the microscope to the Museum in 2013.
Country of Origin
United States of America
Japan
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Credit Line
Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy
Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Inventory Number
A20140272000
Type
EQUIPMENT-Scientific Devices
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Materials
Coated Steel
Non-Magnetic White Metal
Glass
Paint
Dimensions
Overall: 12.1 × 8.3 × 25.4cm (4 3/4 in. × 3 1/4 in. × 10 in.)
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9d42532a1-f643-43b3-8a76-4696a109696e
Record ID
nasm_A20140272000

Microscope, Mayflower, Sally Ride

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