In 1983, the first woman Sally Ride, sent to space by NASA, has been immortalized by Barbie as a doll.
Sally Ride went into space, five years after she joined NASA. She was part of the Space Shuttle Challenger, and deployed two communication satellites while in outer space.
Sally Ride was the first woman to venture out into the stars, at age 32, she also became the youngest person to head into space, a record she holds even now.
She went on her second excursion into space in 1984 on board the same shuttle.
Ride remained with NASA, stationed at the Washington office for most of her life. A US Naval warship and a Stanford University House have been named after her. She also received a posthumous Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Sally Ride passed away on July 23, 2012, at age 61, after a seventeen-month long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Barbie’s parent company, Mattel, has said that the doll was designed in consultation with Sally Ride’s partner Tom O’Shaughnessy and NASA.
Barbie has written that, “Sally’s adventurous nature, quest for discovery and pioneering accomplishments inspire girls everywhere to boldly reach for the stars.”
Her doll is part of Barbie’s series to honor inspiring women.
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