May 18, 2021

In Her Orbit

Ridings’ fascination with space began in an Amarillo school cafeteria as her sixth-grade class watched the Challenger accident. “That was a defining moment for me,” she said. “Some people look at those types of things and think, ‘Wow, that's scary. I don't want anything to do with it.’ I tend to look at a catastrophic problem and think about what we can do to make that situation better.”