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American Astronaut Sally Ride Passes Away At 61

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Sally Ride Passes On At 61 Astronaut American Hero Scientist Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

She was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has died at 61.

She struggled with pancreatic cancer for nearly a year-and-a-half but she was a woman used to facing adversity.

NASA exists within an interesting overlap between the scientific community and the military industrial complex — neither one of those of groups is historically known for being overly friendly to women.

Especially thirty years ago.

Nevertheless, the 31 year-old physicist defied all expectations in 1983 — not the least of which being gravity's — when she rode the Challenger into outer space.

At the time, she was the youngest person to leave the Earth.

For all the ground she broke, Sally took most seriously her responsibilities as a scientist.

After retiring from NASA in 1987, she spent a large portion of her life to founding and maintaining Sally Ride Science — a program devoted to showing kids the beauty and wonder of science.

Thank you for your countless contributions, Sally. You will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

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7 comments to “American Astronaut Sally Ride Passes Away At 61”

  1. 1

    It's sad she's passed on, but why post a photo of Eddie Val Halen?

  2. 2

    So sad. She was a true female role model. Something that we are sorely lacking.

  3. 3

    All that radiation was bound to fry someone's organs out….

  4. 4

    Re: JoeyBing2102 – Moron

  5. 5

    Okra Panfry's Bucket-O-Wings, you know so much about science…

  6. 6

    :( Oh man, what a bummer… One of my HEROES!!
    I remember doing a report on Sally back in school - I was 13 when she rode Challenger - and DAMN if she didn't inspire me to dream big and shoot for the goals I wanted in life!
    I became very interested in space and flying after that, and didn't feel as self-conscious about my academic interests or future goals primarily because of her.
    (Back then, she was HUGE NEWS to us in school.)
    And as a relatively shy (ahem) brainiac, I felt so accepted and inspired, seeing that smart women with perserverence can pursue whatever dreams their hearts and souls desire.

    RIP Sally. You ROCKED my world!

  7. 7

    Re: Okra Panfry's Bucket-O-Wings – You have no idea what you are talking about. Do the world a favor and just off yourself.