Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space, will appear on one of the first five coins of the American Women Quarters program of the US Mint. Starting next year and through 2025, the Mint will release five quarters each year with tail designs featuring pioneering American women.
Ride, who died in 2012 at the age of 61, flew on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, then again in 1984. She was scheduled to participate in a third shuttle mission, but after the explosion of the Challenger in 1986 , NASA suspended the shuttle program, and Ride retired a year later.
She continued to advise NASA, as part of the panel of experts that investigated the Challenger crash and a study team that wrote a report recommending the agency work on an outpost. on the moon. Ride later became director of the California Space Institute at UC San Diego. She has also written six children’s science books and started a business called Sally Ride Science in 2001, with a focus on closing the gender gap in STEM programs and careers.
The neighborhood design depicts Ride next to a space shuttle window, which, according to Mint, was inspired by its comment “When I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking at Earth.”
The late poet and author Maya Angelou, Native American activist Wilma Mankiller, educator and suffragist Nina Otero-Warren and Chinese-American film star Anna May Wong are also on the list of women who will appear in the 2022 quarters.
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