Case, Medal, Science and Peace, Sally Ride


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This presentation case held the Italian Science and Peace medal, which celebrates the Centennial of Galileo and Nobel. The medal was awarded to Dr. Sally K. Ride on May 10, 1983.

Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard STS-7 in 1983. Her second and last space mission was STS-41G in 1984. A physicist with a Ph.D., she joined the astronaut corps in 1978 as a part of the first class of astronauts recruited specifically for the Space Shuttle Program. Viewed as a leader in the NASA community, she served on the Rogers Commission after the Challenger disaster in 1986 as well as the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) in 2003. She also led the task force that produced a visionary strategic planning report in 1987 titled, “NASA Leadership and America’s Future in Space,” but known popularly as the Ride Report.

After she retired from NASA in 1987, Dr. Ride taught first at Stanford and later at the University of California, San Diego. Until her death in 2012, she was president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company that promoted science education.

Dr. Ride’s partner, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, donated the medal to the Museum in 2013.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy


Sally K. Ride

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Leather
  • Brass
  • Synthetic
  • Textile


3-D: 9.8 × 9.8 × 1.9cm (3 7/8 × 3 7/8 × 3/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


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