Sally Ride, the United States' first woman in space, will be posthumously honored with the country's highest civilian commendation and the renaming of a high-flying camera.
President Barack Obama announced on Monday that Ride will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House later this year. NASA further paid tribute to the late astronaut by creating a new internship program in her name and renaming a science instrument on board the International Space Station.
Ride, who after flying in space twice went on to become a leading advocate for science education, died on July 23, 2012, 17 months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was 61 Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Barack Obama, Astronauts, and Us World