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Model, Space Shuttle Stack, Discovery, 1:100, Sally Ride

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

This 1:100-scale model of the Space Shuttle stack with the orbiter Discovery belonged to Dr. Sally K. Ride. Discovery was the third of five shuttle orbiters, and it bore a name traditionally used for ships of exploration, most notably ships commanded by Captain James Cook and Henry Hudson. Its first mission, STS 41-D, launched in 1984, and in over 27 years of service, it launched and landed 39 times--more than any other spacecraft to date. Discovery was formally decommissioned after STS-133 in 2011, and it is now on display at the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Ride never flew on Discovery, but her husband, astronaut Steven Hawley, was a member of its first crew.Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew on the STS-7 shuttle mission 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 in 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 accident in 1986 and the Columbia Accident Investigation Board 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 left NASA in 1987, Dr. Ride taught first at Stanford and later at the University of California, San Diego, where she also served as the director of the California Space Institute. Until her death in 2012, she was president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she founded to promote science education.Dr. Ride’s partner, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, donated the model to the Museum in 2013.

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  • Title: Model, Space Shuttle Stack, Discovery, 1:100, Sally Ride
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 61 × 30.5 × 23.5cm (24 in. × 12 in. × 9 1/4 in.)Base Overall: 22.2 × 22.2cm (8 3/4 × 8 3/4 in.)
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  • Medium: Plastic, Metal

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