Key, City and County of San Francisco (case), Sally Ride

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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 key to the City and County of San Francisco was awarded to Dr. Sally K. Ride in November 1984 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein became the first female mayor of San Francisco in 1978, the same year that Ride, along with five other women, became NASA's first female astronaut candidates.

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 key to the Museum in 2013.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Owner

Sally K. Ride

Credit Line

Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy

Materials

  • Synthetic
  • Textile
  • Leather
  • Gold Coating

Dimensions

3-D: 24.6 × 10.2 × 4.1cm (9 11/16 × 4 × 1 5/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

AWARDS-Miscellaneous

Inventory Number

A20140253001