Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman and the third woman to fly in space, after cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982. She was the youngest American astronaut to have flown in space, having done so at the age of 32.
She was on-board the Challenger space shuttle when it malfunctioned in July of 2012. Of course, everyone knows that there were no survivors of that tragic event.
When she told us she was an astronaut on a space shuttle that burst into flames, we thought we had a jokester on our hands. Mya asked her what the name of the shuttle was, and she said Challenger. Then she asked the date of her death. It lined up with when the Challenger accident occurred. She then asked her what her name was, and she replied, "Sally". Mya Googled the news of the people who passed away on the Challenger, and there it was. The name of Sally Ride was on that list.
I should add that Mya no longer wondered if she was talking to a prankster after she read her. Mya can always tell if a spirit is on the up&up when she reads them. She came out of the spirit room after conversing with Sally and exclaimed to all of us, she's an astronaut"! It was an exciting moment foe us all.
Sally says she doesnt think she has any superpowers to speak of, but Mya says differently. She told Sally that, as well. Mya said when she was interviewing Sally for the first time, Sally kept talking to a cat. Mya was annoyed at first, but then she realized the cat understood Sally, and vice versa. Sally didn't recognize this until Mya pointed it out. She's an animal whisperer!