Dr. Ride was finishing studies at Sanford — degrees in physics and astrophysics (and also English) — and looking for a job when she saw a newspaper advertisement that said NASA was accepting astronaut applications. She looked at the qualifications and said, “I’m one of those people,” she told The New York Times in 1982.
She applied, and made the cut.
Just like that…
Sally Ride, Trailblazing Astronaut, Dies at 61 | via NY Times