R.I.P. Sally Ride
Just the other day we were saying that “It takes cojones to strap yourself to a thirty-six story tall explosive device and ride it literally off the planet.” Well, Dr. Sally Kristen Ride had them. She died today at age 61.
The first American woman in space (it took us a shamefully long time to do that, twenty years longer than it took the Soviets), she used her high profile after her historic spaceflight and Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University to found Sally Ride Science to inspire young people, particularly girls, to pursue careers in the sciences. Dr. Ride died today, we are told peacefully. She is survived by her partner of 27 years, Tam O’Shaughnessy, her mother, and her sister. The League sends its best wishes and condolences to her family, and our admiration in remembrance of a woman who was an ornament to her nation.
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