Sally Ride: Photos of NASA’s First Female Astronaut

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger applauds former astronaut Sally Ride after she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame December 6, 2006 in Sacramento, California. That's just one of the many accolades she received during her life. She was the first American woman in space, having joined NASA in 1978. Ride is honored by Google in the May 26 doodle. Here are the pictures of her life that go some way in showing her incredible journey:

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