— May 23 | La Jolla, CA | PSA pane of 20
America’s first woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride was a member of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger STS-7 in 1984. She inspired the nation as a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist, and dedicated educator, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
“Sally Ride’s history-making journey has made it easier for young girls to dream of one day being an astronaut, an engineer, a physicist or a mathematician. Today, girls don’t just dream. Because of trailblazers like Sally Ride, they have been empowered to do!” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver. Tam O’Shaughnessy, co-founder and executive director of Sally Ride Science at U.C. San Diego and Ride’s widow, added “Sally started collecting stamps when she was a girl, and she continued to do so her whole life—especially stamps of the Olympics and space exploration. Sally would be deeply honored to have her portrait on a U.S. stamp.”