Sally Ride had the coolest name. Perfect for the first American woman in space.
On that day in 1983 when she shattered the ultimate glass ceiling aboard the shuttle Challenger, many in the crowd of a quarter-million people watching the launch — a group that included feminist icons Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem — were wearing T-shirts that read "Ride, Sally, Ride." Her journey was the ultimate cover for Wilson Pickett's rock 'n' roll lyrics.
Dr. Ride, who died Monday at 61 in La Jolla, Calif., after a very private battle with pancreatic cancer, was cool, too.
She was chosen for the shuttle crew by NASA administrator Chris Kraft because he thought she...