The primary feminine U.S. astronaut to fly into house might be honored by the US Mint in 2022, main off a collection of circulating coins depicting notable American women.
Sally Ride, who famously made historical past launching on the house shuttle in 1983, might be featured as a part of the Mint’s American Girls Quarters Program. The late astronaut might be one of many first two ladies represented on the brand new cash, which might be issued by way of 2025.
“Famed author Maya Angelou and trailblazing astronaut Dr. Sally Journey would be the first,” the U.S. Mint announced on Monday (April 12).
As licensed by Congress by the passage of the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020, the U.S. Mint will difficulty circulating and numismatic quarter-dollar cash with reverse (or tails-side) designs which can be “emblematic of the accomplishments and contributions of a outstanding American lady,” starting subsequent yr. The invoice directs that the honorees be chosen from a large spectrum of fields, in addition to be from ethnic, racial and geographical various backgrounds.
The laws additionally requires that no dwelling particular person be featured on the cash. Journey died in 2012 on the age of 61.
A member of NASA’s top quality of astronauts to incorporate ladies, Journey launched on her first mission in 1983 as a member of house shuttle Challenger’s STS-7 crew. The primary American lady to fly into house, Journey was preceded into Earth orbit by two Russian feminine cosmonauts: Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1963 and 1982, respectively.
Journey flew on a second shuttle mission, STS-41G, additionally aboard Challenger, in 1984. In whole, she logged 14 days and eight hours in house, circling the Earth 230 instances.
After retiring from NASA in 1987, Journey turned a physics professor and authored a number of kids’s science books. She additionally co-founded Sally Journey Science, a non-profit group selling college students, largely ladies, take up an curiosity in science, expertise, engineering and arithmetic (STEM) research and careers.
Along with being the first U.S. woman in space, Journey was the youngest NASA astronaut to launch on a mission (at age 32 in 1983) and the earliest house flier to be acknowledged as a member of the LGBT neighborhood.
In accordance with the enacted regulation, the Secretary of the Treasury chosen Journey (and Angelou) for the American Girls Quarters Program after consulting with the Smithsonian Establishment’s American Girls’s Historical past Initiative, the Nationwide Girls’s Historical past Museum and the Congressional Bipartisan Girls’s Caucus. The general public is invited to submit recommendations for future ladies to be honored by way of a web site run by the Nationwide Girls’s Historical past Museum.
The U.S. Mint will oversee the design of the cash, together with the quarter honoring Journey. As soon as there may be candidate art work, the Mint will submit the ideas to the Fee of Advantageous Arts for remark and Residents Coinage Advisory Committee for evaluation. The ultimate determination on the designs might be made by the Secretary of the Treasury.
The obverse (or heads-side) of every coin within the American Girls Quarters Program will keep a likeness of George Washington, however might be completely different from the design used in the course of the U.S. Mint’s earlier quarter applications.
Journey won’t be the primary astronaut to look on a U.S. coin or a circulating quarter.
In 2002, the U.S. Mint issued Ohio’s entry in its 50 State Quarters Program with an outline of an astronaut in an Apollo spacesuit as a nod to the state being the “birthplace of aviation pioneers,” together with John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. Extra lately, the Mint depicted a shuttle astronaut on its 2019 commemorative coin celebrating Native Individuals within the house program, and in January of this yr, honored “Teacher in Space” Christa McAuliffe on a commemorative silver greenback.