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NAT GEO Order Feature Documentary about Astronaut SALLY RIDE

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National Geographic Documentary Films has announced a new film project titled “SALLY” (working title) that will explore the life and legacy of astronaut Dr. Sally Ride. The film will be directed by Cristina Constantini, known for her work on “Mucho Mucho Amor” and “Science Fair,” and produced by Dan Cogan and Lauren Cioffi, in partnership with Story Syndicate and Muck Media.

“SALLY” will delve into the remarkable journey of Sally Ride, who became the first American woman to travel to space. Despite facing skepticism and prejudice from critics and the public, Ride persevered in her mission to expand the boundaries of science, exploration, and women’s empowerment.

The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with close friends and colleagues of Sally Ride, including her life partner Tam O’Shaughnessy. Other notable figures such as Billie Jean King and astronauts Anna Lee Fisher and Kathy Sullivan will also provide insights into Ride’s life.

Using never-before-seen archival footage captured both on Earth and in space, “SALLY” will offer an authentic behind-the-scenes look at Sally Ride’s journey. The film will also shed light on Ride’s 27-year-long secret romance with O’Shaughnessy, which was revealed only after her death.

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Director Cristina Constantini expressed her passion for telling Sally Ride’s story, “Sally was a powerful symbol to me as a kid – so much so that I painted a life-sized mural of her on the exterior of my elementary school in third grade. I thought, ‘If Sally, a woman, can go to space, what can’t I do?’”

“SALLY” promises to provide an intimate and emotional portrait of Sally Ride, showcasing her struggles, sacrifices, and true heroism.


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