Sally Ride—the first female American astronaut to travel to space—was awarded with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, courtesy of President Barack Obama and the White House, on November 20.
Her life partner, Tam O’ Shaugnessy, accepted the award on Ride’s behalf and is featured in an interview where she discusses the trailblazer.
“She was very bright,” Shaugnessy said of Ride. “She did great things. But by and large the way she lived her life was quietly, privately, and just working. She was much more interested in doing than in receiving awards and so on.”
The video interview of Shaugnessy can also be found on the White House YouTube channel.