Sally’s Night

Saturday, June 24, 2023
9:00 AM
–3:00 PM
*Included in General Admission

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to live and work in space

Explore a full day of activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of one exciting episode of Dr. Sally K. Ride’s extraordinary life—STS-7, the historic mission when she became the first American woman in space. As we celebrate her legacy, we also celebrate the women and gender-expansive people who came before her and follow in her footsteps.

Event Schedule

9:30 a.m. Special Presentation with NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur

11:30 a.m. Mission Memories with NASA Astronaut Colonel Ken Cameron

12:15 p.m. Sally K. Ride: Her Legacy with Dr. Jennifer Ross Nazzal

1:20 p.m. Mission Memories with NASA Astronaut Colonel Ken Cameron

Pop-up Labs


Examine images of earth using the EarthKam, a program originally initiated by Dr. Sally Ride, to determine where in the world the image was taken.

Women of NASA Matching Game

 Explore the accomplishments of several women at NASA and match each impactful woman with their achievements.

Shuttle Glider

Create your own shuttle glider model and discover what Dr. Sally Ride experienced when flying on both space shuttle missions. 

About Sally Ride

Dr. Ride lived her life with extraordinary energy, passion, curiosity and joy. All astronauts lead exciting lives, but some are larger than life even before they reach for the stars. Whether in the classroom or on the tennis court, in the lab or on the launch pad—it was clear from the start that Dr. Ride would reach great heights.

This June, in celebration of this anniversary, we invite everyone, everywhere to join us. Celebrate and share what about space and science brings you energy, passion, curiosity, and joy. Whatever your passion, whoever you are, tell us how you #ShineLikeSally on social media and use our celebration guide to explore space and science with your family and friends.


These activities are included with general admission for June 24. Members receive free general admission. Not yet a Space Center Houston member? Become a member now and receive discounts on tickets to special events, free general admission and more.

Plan your visit

About Sally Ride, narrated by her partner Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy

This project received Federal support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum.

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