Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya . Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32. After flying twice on the Orbiter 'Challenger', she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering. Wikipedia*
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Sally Ride has seven videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1997 News Conference. The year with the most videos was 2003 with three videos as a Professor for the Space Science of the University of California, San Diego. The year with the highest average number of views per program was 2009 with an average of 1,784 views per program. Most appearances with Harold W. Gehman Jr. (2). Most common tags: Space, Shuttle Columbia Accident.