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RIP Sally Ride  
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6944 posts, RR: 18
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6176 times:

Just got an alert from USA today that said she passed away today.

The first woman in space breaking not just the sound barrier, but the gender barrier too.

She will be missed      


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User currently offline787atPAE From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 143 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6144 times:

I remember she was big news in the space program when I was young. She's definitely a great role model for folks of all ages. RIP Dr. Ride...

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6134 times:
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Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
The first woman in space breaking not just the sound barrier, but the gender barrier too.

Broke some other barriers as well... apparently her partner was female...

RIP Dr Ride



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User currently offlinerc135x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6123 times:

What a role model for young women all over the world. Sadly, I think more American girls would rather be a Kardasian than emulate Sally Ride. In a culture that devalues intelligence, perseverance, setting and achieving goals that benefit others, and integrity and instead glorifies implants, lap dogs, and having the IQ of a small soap dish, Dr Ride will be deeply missed.

User currently offlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7210 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

She can not be that old, was it an accident or natural causes?.

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6105 times:
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Pancreatic cancer. Age 61


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6102 times:

That's quite a loss, and she was only 61 ...

She was pretty much a hardcore feminist, and Mike Mullane writes in his book 'Riding Rockets' that he once told Sally Ride a joke that had the word tits in it. "Sally hardly said another word to me for the next ten years", Mullane says.



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6094 times:
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Her bio:

https://www.sallyridescience.com/sallyride/bio



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User currently offlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7210 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6094 times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18963939

Just found some more details.


User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
The first woman in space breaking not just the sound barrier, but the gender barrier too.

Sad indeed RIP.
To be technical she was the first American woman in space. A true pioneer.

She was also the youngest American in space, to that time. (Not sure if it was ever beaten)



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2378 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6038 times:

This is truly the first time in a really long time I've been bummed to hear such news. What an inspiration to not only women, but to humanity. She was a credit to both. I had no idea of her illness.

I will remember her for a very long time. RIP Sally, you already know what it's like to touch the stars.  



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User currently offlineNBGSkyGod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6032 times:

She was one of the first Astronauts to became a household name. I agree with the poster above, in our culture of elevating stupid, she was definitely a role model for all genders and ages. RIP Dr. Ride.


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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6021 times:

An exceptional lady and everyone who remember her will be saddened.

RIP


User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1265 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5977 times:
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Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):
Broke some other barriers as well... apparently her partner was female...

She was previously married (approx. 5 years) to Astronaut Steve Hawley (they were both selected for the first space shuttle astronaut class in 1978).

The following is a statement from former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley....

"Sally was a very private person who found herself a very public persona. It was a role in which she was never fully comfortable. I was privileged to be a part of her life and be in a position to support her as she became the first American woman to fly in space.

While she never enjoyed being a celebrity, she recognized that it gave her the opportunity to encourage children, particularly young girls, to reach their full potential.

Sally Ride, the astronaut and the person, allowed many young girls across the world to believe they could achieve anything if they studied and worked hard. I think she would be pleased with that legacy."



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User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5953 times:

As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools. Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sally’s family and friends." comments from President Barack Obama today.

Godspeed, Sally Ride.   



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5950 times:

When I think of Sally Ride I remember all the times (too many to count) when I saw "The Dream Is Alive" at the IMAX theatre at the Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. Much of the space footage shot by the astronauts was from her mission, STS-7 on Challenger.

User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1265 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5939 times:
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Quoting NBGSkyGod (Reply 11):
She was one of the first Astronauts to became a household name.

Slight correction for accuracy: She was the first US FEMALE astronaut to become a household name.


(The astronauts of the Mercury,Gemini and Apollo program hit super star status in the decades before her ride so much so that they are still remembered vividly by a wide cross section of the American public. The same cannot be said of the fame of some/most of the 355 astronauts who launched on the space shuttles)

[Edited 2012-07-23 20:39:30]


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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5933 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):
apparently her partner was female...

yes, she came out in her obit noting her partner of 27 years survived her. Not that that really has any bearing on what a great scientist she was but it has generated some seperate articles along with the obits.

again RIP. I remember seeing her posters and such for sale at JSC (before Space Center Houston came along)



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User currently offlineboeingfixer From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5908 times:

Very sad news. My condolences to family and friends.

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
The first woman in space breaking not just the sound barrier, but the gender barrier too.

You may want to correct your statement to the first US woman in space. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963. This was almost 20 years, to the day, before Sally Ride went into orbit.

Regards,

John



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

A great woman who broke a lot of barriers.

She was of Norwegian ancestry

R.I.P Sally


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10735 posts, RR: 38
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day ago) and read 5857 times:

I remember her flights

She has now rejoined the stars

RIP Ms Astronaut

  



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13046 posts, RR: 78
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 5703 times:

Very sad news, this loss, way too young, of an important person on US space history.
With all due respect to her predecessor in the USSR, Ride was picked for her abilities, her academic qualifications alone were impressive.
Valentina, in 1963, was yet another Kremlin inspired PR event that Korolev had to go along with, his own views on women in space were not PC, though typical of the age and not just in the USSR.
Her flight was very automated and the unfortunate female Cosmonaut had a bad time of it in orbit.

Ride as we've seen, later became an important advocate for science and education, as well as serving on the boards investigating both the Shuttle accidents, the Challenger maybe more painful for her since it was the same generation of Astronauts so she would have known them personally.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18704 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 5):
Pancreatic cancer. Age 61

Horrible.   

As one of my medical school professors said: "Pancreatic cancer has 95% mortality at five years after diagnosis. And the the other five percent who survived probably didn't actually have pancreatic cancer."

Fellow Stanford alum. And interesting that she came out of the closet posthumously. RIP, Dr. Ride.


User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1265 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 5656 times:
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Quoting GDB (Reply 21):
Shuttle accidents, the Challenger maybe more painful for her since it was the same generation of Astronauts so she would have known them personally

The following 51L astronauts were members of her class.
Dick Scobee
Ronald McNair
Judith Resnik
Ellison Onizuka



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5461 times:

Quoting boeingfixer (Reply 18):
Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
The first woman in space breaking not just the sound barrier, but the gender barrier too.

You may want to correct your statement to the first US woman in space. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963. This was almost 20 years, to the day, before Sally Ride went into orbit.

Don't forget Svetlana Savitskaya, with 2 missions to her credit, the 1st of which was prior to Dr Rides mission. A sad loss.



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