Honoring Sally Ride


OUT OF THIS WORLD: In total, Sally Ride spent more than 343 hours in space.

In 2022, the U.S. Mint will begin releasing a new line of quarters depicting trailblazing women, starting with astronaut Sally Ride. She was the first American woman to blast off into space.


Ride, who died in 2012, was a space shuttle mission specialist from 1983 to 1987. She was also one of the first LGBTQ+ astronauts. “Sally Ride changed what it meant to be an astronaut,” says Laura Danly, curator of the Griffith Observatory in California.

Ride’s commemorative quarter will feature her looking out of a space shuttle window at Earth, honoring a legacy that continues to inspire science-enthusiasts from all walks of life.

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