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#1 Nonny


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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:17 PM


Sally Ride Dead: First American Woman In Space Dies At 61


Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, died Monday at the age of 61, the Associated Press reported.

The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to a statement posted on the website of Sally Ride Science, a science education company she founded in 2001. She had been battling the disease for 17 months...

After she retired from NASA in 1987, Ride became a member of the faculty of the University of California, San Diego and the California Space Institute, according to a statement posted to Sally Ride Science.

According to its website, Sally Ride Science is "dedicated to supporting girls’ and boys’ interests in science, math and technology."...

Of all the obits I've read lately, this one hits me the hardest.  Sally Ride is one of my heroes.  I got to meet her a while back, and hear about Sally Ride Science.  Of course I got a Sally Ride teddy bear, and she sits next to I Wore Combat Boots bear, wearing her astronaut uniform.

May she rest in peace.
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#2 Cait


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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:50 PM

This was so sad to hear.  She was relatively young.   I remember when she went up.  It was a great day for women and for women in science.  

I hope her family and loved ones are comforted by her life and her accomplishments.

R.I.P. Sally Ride....

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:37 PM

Pancreatic cancer is particularly painful (if death from cancer is ever painless anyways).

Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you,
and the old life we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way
which you always used. Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a
shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.
All is well.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:53 PM

RIP Sally Ride.

I can still remember being so excited when she went up into space.  Another barrier broken for women.

Thank you for all your contributions and the inspiration.

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#5 Julianus

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 11:28 PM

Very sad to hear of Sally Ride's death. She was a brilliant woman and so generous with her intelligence and talent.


#6 Christopher

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:10 AM

This is sad news.  She was a pioneering figure in history.

In more ways than one, as it turned out.  It's worth noting that her obituary was also her coming out:


So this historic pioneer happened to be lesbian, which is a good thing to be aware of in the current sociopolitical climate.

It's not really surprising to me, though.  I mean, NASA is downright pathological about avoiding hanky-panky in space, for fear of losing funding from a government that has to answer to moralistic constituents.  So maybe they specifically wanted the first American woman in space to be a lesbian -- though of course that would mean that in order to avoid offending the sensibilities of the moralists, they did something that would've offended them far more had they known.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:53 AM


I didn't know that she was a lesbian and had a partner for 27 years.  27 years that's a long time to love and honor someone.
RIP Sally Ride who was a hero before but now even more so...27 years...wow.  Thoughts and prayers are with her family and her

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