Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, will appear on one of the first five coins of the US Mint. American Women Quarters Program. Starting next year and running through 2025, the Mint will issue five quarters each year with tail-side designs featuring pioneering American women.
Ride, who died in 2012 at age 61, flew aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1983 and again in 1984. She was scheduled to perform a third shuttle mission, but after the Challenger exploded in 1986, NASA discontinued the program. from the ferry. and Ride retired a year later.
He continued to advise NASA, as part of the panel that investigated the Challenger crash and a study team that wrote a report recommending the agency work at an outpost on the Moon. Ride later became director of the California Space Institute at UC San Diego. He also wrote six children’s books on science and founded a company called Sally Ride Science in 2001, with a focus on reducing the gender gap in STEM programs and careers.
The neighborhood design shows Ride next to a space shuttle window, which the Mint says was inspired by his comment: “When I wasn’t working, I was usually in a window facing Earth.”
Also in the women’s list Featured in the 2022 quarters will be the late poet and author Maya Angelou, Native American activist Wilma Mankiller, educator and suffragette Nina Otero-Warren, and Chinese-American film star Anna May Wong.