Patti Austin Joins The National Tribute To Astronaut Sally Ride – Washington, DC
Patti Austin will join the NASA, journalist Maria Shriver and tennis legend Billie Jean King in remembering the life of the America’s first woman in space –Sally Ride. The national tribute, with title “Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy” will be held at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 20 (Monday) at at 7 p.m. EDT.
The event is open to the public, though limited tickets are available. Members of the public wanting to attend the tribute should complete an online RSVP form on NASA’s website by May 15. The free tickets, which are being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, will be available to pickup from NASA’s will call tables at the Kennedy Center on the day of the event.
About Sally Ride:
On June 18, 1983, Ride made history launching on space shuttle Challenger as the first American woman to fly in space. Chosen by NASA in 1978, Ride held a doctorate in physics and was a nationally-ranked tennis player prior to becoming an astronaut. She flew twice to space, logging a total of more than two weeks off the planet, before leaving NASA and becoming a champion for science education. Ride died July 23, 2012, 17 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Sally as a Mentor:
Ride left NASA in August 1987 to join the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, as a professor of physics and director of the University of California’s California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded her own company, Sally Ride Science, to pursue her long-time passion of motivating girls and young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.
Find out more about Sally Ride and her contributions at www.nasa.gov.
Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy — an educational tribute to America’s first woman in space.
When: May 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. EDT
Where: Washington D.C., John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts