Astronaut Sally Ride To Be Commemorated In U.S. Postage Stamp

The late NASA scientist "would be so honored to now appear on a stamp,” said her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will be honored with a postage stamp next year, the U.S. Postal Service has announced.


The commemorative Forever stamp joins a four-stamp step paying tribute to advancement in science, technology, engineering and math (a.k.a. STEM). Other stamps launching in 2018 includes ones celebrating Lena Horne, Illinois, bioluminescent lifeforms, Mister Rogers and John Lennon.


Ride’s widow, Tam O’Shaughnessy, said “it was a great pleasure” to work on the stamp. “As a young girl, Sally collected stamps. She would be so honored to now appear on a stamp.”

Serving aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 and 1984, she later served on the commission investigating the Challenger shuttle disaster in 1986. After leaving NASA Ride founded Sally Ride Science, a program focused on STEM education. In a statement the Post Office said Ride “inspired the nation as a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist and dedicated educator.”

Ride died of pancreatic cancer at age 61 in 2012.

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In October, Lego announced she would be included in a special Women of NASA set that also includes NASA astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space.

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