The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America&;s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride&;s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys&; club to a more inclusive elite.Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she faulted NASA&;s rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls. Sherr also writes about Ride&;s scrupulously guarded personal life&;she kept her sexual orientation private&;with exclusive access to Ride&;s partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. Sherr draws from Ride&;s diaries, files, and letters. This is a rich biography of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Sherr&;s revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman, an inspiration to millions, come alive.