First American woman in space honored by USPS. Sally Ride is getting her own Forever stamp

March 29th, 2018

Sally Ride is the first America’s woman in space. She inspired the nation as a pioneering astronaut, brilliant scientist, and dedicated educator. To honor this outstanding personality USPS has prepared for issuing a special Forever stamp that depicts the astronaut at the time of her first spaceflight in June 1983 set against a backdrop of the space shuttle lifting off. 

Sally Ride is not only the first American woman in space, but also the youngest American astronaut: she first went into space as part of the crew of the Challenger STS-7 mission on June 18, 1983. At the time she was only 32 years old. The following year, she again flied into the space, and again on board the Challenger shuttle. In general, she spent more than 343 hours in space.

"Sally Ride inspired the nation as a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist and dedicated educator," the USPS said in a press release.

Ride’s life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, noted that a stamp is an apt tribute for the late astronaut. “It was a great pleasure working with the U.S. Postal Service on the Sally Ride commemorative stamp,” O’Shaughnessy said. “As a young girl, Sally collected stamps. She would be so honored to now appear on a stamp!”

In addition to being a pioneering astronaut, Ride was a physicist, science writer, and influential advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.