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Sally Ride in 1983: Chose Flowers Over Handshakes, Left at O

In 1987, Sally Ride retired from NASA to take a job a Stanford, leaving America’s space program “without a real hero” and “struggling to stay in orbit.” That’s the subject of this historic NewsHour report, narrated by Roger Mudd that aired on June 4 of that year. She was leaving, the report continued, because she was unable to convey her views to her agency’s leadership.

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