Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will recount her experiences as an astronaut and discuss the future of the space program in a lecture Friday sponsored by UC Irvine.
Ride also is expected to talk about her work on the presidential commission that investigated the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger Jan. 28.
Her lecture will begin at 8 p.m. at South Coast Community Church, 5120 Bonita Canyon Drive, Irvine.
Ride is the university's 1986 Leona Gerard Distinguished Lecturer; her appearance is part of a program begun in 1980 to bring visiting lecturers who are "innovative and offer enrichment to feeling and mind" to the campus, according to a UCI spokeswoman. Ride originally was scheduled to speak early this year, but her appearance was canceled after the Challenger disaster.