Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, died today in La Jolla, Calif., after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Ride was a doctoral candidate in physics at Stanford University in 1977 when she answered an ad placed by NASA seeking astronauts. She flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, becoming not only America's first woman in space, but at 32 years of age, also the youngest American to have traveled in space at that time. She left NASA in 1987, spending much of her time thereafter encouraging students--especially young women--to pursue careers in science and engineering. She was 61.
This makes me sad. She was an inspirational American hero. Someone who told us to dream big. And helped show people what is possible if you do.
This woman was also the first known lgbt American (and probably thr first in the whole world) in space. She is survived by the partner and family.
who cares? She will be remembered for her accomplishments, her dedication to education, and for inspiring countless people to pursue fields in science. Not her personal relationships.
<a href="http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/07/rip-sally-ride-first-american-woman-in.html">Ride Sally Ride!</a> RIP
God bless Sally Ride, her family and friends. And thank you for being the person you were!
Robot, I want to add to that..
"God bless all departed astronauts, and the families they leave behind. They gave their lives in the hopes of furthering science, and so that, one day, others may realize their dreams, and make them a reality."
May God Accept you in Heaven. Okay they said she flew aboard Challenger in space? Cahllenger never made it to space?? Anyone care to correct me?
Was she in charge of the shuttle's kitchen?
no pixel, she got something called an education. you should look into it when you get done being unemployed, desperately touching yourself, and posting the same lame, played out kitchen reference on every available comment space on the internet.
An honorable citizen . . . But I wished she would have the guts to come out of the closet.
I understand all too well the frustration some would feel knowing that we had a spectacularly successful LGBT ally who chose to stay in the closet. With that said, she was a truly spectacular scientist and astronaut, and the important thing is that she allowed the truth to come out in her obituary instead of burying it. With luck, the Rides and Turings of our generation will feel more able to live their lives without prejudice threatening to derail their ambitions.
Forget it, if you want something done do it yourself. Challenger flew 9 missions before the tragic disaster in 1986.
Thank you, Aldron, none of us asked.
A magnificent woman who accomplished much, and deserved much more than the end she received. She will be missed.