Sally Ride, director of the California Space Institute and a physics professor at the University of California - San Diego, is one of the most celebrated scientists of our time. A former NASA astronaut, Dr. Ride is perhaps the best known for her pioneering accomplishments as the first American woman in space.
Dr. Ride flew two missions aboard the space shuttle Challenger (1983 and 1984). During the 1983 mission, the crew performed the first satellite deployment and retrieval with the shuttle's robot arm. The 1984 mission demonstrated the potential for satellite refueling by astronauts. Excerpt from the attached program
Ride, Sally, "The U.S. Space Program: Pioneering the Future" (1994). James R. Thompson Leadership Lectures. 2.