The first American woman to go into space will be immortalized on Wednesday in an inauguration ceremony on the Forever stamp.
The Sally Ride Forever stamp will be dedicated to the University of California at San Diego, where Ride was a physics professor after her time at NASA.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King, a friend of Ride, was expected to speak at the ceremony with Ride's longtime partner Tam O & # 39; Shaughnessy  The acclaimed astronaut started on 18 June 1983 for the first time Board the space shuttle Challenger. During the mission she helped launch communications satellites and became the first woman to operate the shuttle's robotic arm.
Ride, who passed away in 2012, continued breaking records during her career. She was also the first American to travel twice to outer space when she launched another Challenger mission in October 1984.
"Sally Ride's story makes it easier for young girls to dream of someday being an astronaut engineer, physicist or mathematician," said Kristin Sever, chief information officer and executive vice president of the US Postal Service. "Today, girls are not just dreaming. They were authorized to do so because of pioneers like Sally Ride. "
Ride was also the only person on the accident investigation committees for the Challenger and Columbia Disasters. And in 2009, she participated in the committee that helped define NASA's space goals.
In addition to her involvement with the Space Program, she has written several science-related books, some of which have been co-authored with O & # 39; Shaughnessy. Ride and O & # 39; Shaughnessy are setting up education company Sally Ride Science to reduce the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. O & # 39; Shaughnessy now acts as executive director of the organization.
A Forever stamp will always be the same value as the current price of the first post of the class of one ounce.