On a six-day mission, worked he was a mission specialist with the shuttle's robotic arm to widen satellite communications.
His career began as an astronaut while he completed his Ph.D. in astrophysics at Stanford University.
In 1977, NASA showed a student newspaper ad at his school inviting women to apply for the space program, prompting the Ride to send a 40-word letter requesting an application. He has completed the defeat of more than 1,000 other applicants, and one of the six women selected in the astronaut program.
But the Ride was not made history. Just one year after his historic mission of Challenger, the traveler rides in space for the second time. That made her the first American woman to travel in space twice.