Sally Ride became the first American woman to blast off into space and forever changed the course of science, exploration and women’s empowerment. But as she flew into orbit, Ride faced the challenges of institutional critics and the prejudice of an American public who were skeptical that a woman could do the job of an astronaut. Undeterred, Ride dove headfirst into that struggle, propelled by a determination few could match.
The doc will feature never-before-seen archival footage and also chronicles the 27-year romance with life partner Tam O’Shaughnessy, which was kept secret from the public until the day of Ride’s death.
It is produced by Story Syndicate in association with Muck Media with Dan Cogan and Lauren Cioffi producing. It is executive produced by Liz Garbus, Jon Bardin and Kate Barry for Story Syndicate and Carolyn Bernstein for National Geographic and O’Shaughnessy.
“Sally” is a feature doc from National Geographic Documentary Films.
A release date for “Sally” has not been announced yet.