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Saying goodbye to Sally Ride

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When American girls look to space and see their future, the image of Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut comes shining through, and we sadly say goodbye to this pioneer after she lost her seventeen-month struggle with pancreatic cancer and died at the very young age of sixty-one.

Sally Ride’s career not only broke barriers for women through her individual accomplishments, but shared her love science with young people, particularly young women. Ride was part of the Challenger crew in 1983 and 1984, but training for her next mission was cancelled due to the Challenger accident in 1986. After leaving NASA to pursue a career at Stanford, she also began a science education program called Sally Ride Science and authored five children’s books.

“Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism – and literally changed the face of America’s space program,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, said in a statement.

“She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly,” Bolden said.

Full story at Chicago Tribune.

Women in space.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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