2018 50¢ Sally Ride
Value: 50¢ 1-ounce First-Class Letter Rate (Forever)
Issue Date: May 23, 2018
First Day City: La Jolla, California
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Printing Method: Offset, Microprint
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 20,000,000
Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles, California. She showed an early interest in science, even though there were few women in the field at that time. Ride’s passion for the subject only grew, and she earned her PhD in physics from Stanford University in 1978. She applied and was accepted at NASA soon after, beating thousands of other applicants.
Ride started her career as the ground-based capsule communicator for the space shuttle as well as helping build the ship’s robotic arm. After years of training, Sally Ride was appointed one of NASA’s first six female astronauts. On June 18, 1983, the world watched as she became America’s first woman and youngest astronaut in space.
Ride made a second trip to space in 1984 and was to go on a third until the Challenger disaster grounded all shuttles. After her retirement from NASA in 1987, Ride devoted her life to encouraging young girls to pursue the sciences, founding her own nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause.
For Sally Ride’s devotion to science and her unforgettable place in US history, President Obama posthumously awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 20, 2013. Today she is considered one of the most inspirational American women of all time.