On Friday, May 17, 2013, we held at the National Air and Space Museum here in Washington, D.C., a wonderful program on Sally Ride and her place in the history of spaceflight and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Sally Ride, of course, was the first American woman to fly in space in 1983 aboard STS-7—she also flew a second time—and thereafter she was a central force in space policy and educational efforts. She passed away last year.
NASA Television aired the event live, and it is archived on-line at You Tube. Panelists included Johnson Space Center Director and former astronaut Ellen Ochoa; NASM space history curator Margaret Weitekamp; Dan Vergano of USA Today; Linda Billings, research professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; and René McCormick, Executive Director, Science Programs at the National Math and Science Initiative. Tom Costello, NBC News correspondent served as a moderator.
The program is below. Enjoy.