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    Default Astronaut Sally Ride has died

    Sally Ride, first US woman in space
    dead at 61
    AFP - 13 minutes ago

    Sally Ride, the first US woman to
    journey into space, died on Monday
    after a 17-month battle with
    pancreatic cancer, her foundation
    announced. She was 61.

    Ride first launched into space in 1983
    aboard the Challenger shuttle, on the
    seventh mission of US space shuttle
    program.

    US President Barack Obama called her
    a "national hero and a powerful role
    model" who "inspired generations of
    young girls to reach for the stars."

    "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," he added,
    in a statement offering condolences to
    Ride's family and friends.

    Ride, born May 26, 1951, in California,
    earned degrees in physics and English
    from Stanford University.

    She applied to be an astronaut at US
    space agency NASA in 1977, after
    seeing an ad in her university's
    student newspaper. It was the first
    time the space agency had allowed
    applications from civilians -- or from
    women.

    Ride was one of 35 people, including
    just six women, chosen from a pool of
    8,000 applicants.

    She flew in two space missions,
    logging nearly 350 hours in space.

    However, her third planned mission
    was grounded in 1986, after the
    Challenger explosion that killed all
    seven crew members on another
    flight.

    Ride served on the commission to
    investigate the accident, and later was
    assigned to NASA headquarters. She
    retired from the agency in 1987.

    Sally Ride, first US woman in space dead at 61

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    Darn! Another good person lost to that awful disease. And PC is the worst of the worst. RIP.

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    Pancreatic cancer is so vicious. RIP.
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    Well, FUCK! I really admired her.
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    Fuck cancer.

    RIP, Sally Ride. You will always be an inspiration.
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    RIP, Sally Ride. You rock

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    This so sad! She inspired so many little girls to go into science head first. She had so many good years to live, what a horrid disease.
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    Dammit, I remember her shuttle launch well. She blazed a trail. God bless you Sally! RIP

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    How terrible and way too soon. RIP.
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    Sally Ride Comes Out in Obit
    Sally Ride, who died today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, was the first female U.S. astronaut in space and became friends with Tam O'Shaugnessy at the age of 12. It was not until today, however — nearly 50 years after meeting — that their 27-year romantic relationship was made public.
    The pioneering scientist was, a statement from Sally Ride Science announced, survived by "Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years."
    With that simple statement — listed alongside her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin and nephew, Whitney — Ride came out.
    Bear Ride, talking with BuzzFeed, said today, "We consider Tam a member of the family."
    Saying that her sister was a very private person, Bear Ride said, "People did not know she had pancreatic cancer, that's going to be a huge shock. For 17 months, nobody knew -- and everyone does now. Her memorial fund is going to be in support of pancreatic cancer.
    "The pancreatic cancer community is going to be absolutely thrilled that there's now this advocate that they didn't know about. And, I hope the GLBT community feels the same," Bear Ride, who identifies as gay, said.
    "I hope it makes it easier for kids growing up gay that they know that another one of their heroes was like them," she added.
    Terry McEntee, a spokeswoman from Sally Ride Science, the company Ride formed to provide educational materials and programs for schools, confirmed to BuzzFeed that there had not, to her knowledge, previously been published acknowledgment of Ride and O'Shaugnessy's relationship.
    Bear Ride, though, said that her sister "never hid her relationship with Tam. They have been partners, business partners in Sally Ride Science, they've written books together .... Sally's very close friends, of course, knew."
    O'Shaugnessy is the chief operating officer and executive vice president for Sally Ride Science, as well as an emeritus professor at San Diego State University. Sally Ride had previously been married to fellow astronaut Steven Hawley in 1982; they divorced in 1987. Ride went into space on two missions, first in 1983 and then again in 1984.
    Of Sally Ride's sexual orientation, Bear Ride said, "Sally didn't use labels. Sally had a very fundamental sense of privacy, it was just her nature, because we're Norwegians, through and through."
    Calling Ride "a patriot and a pioneer," Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin told BuzzFeed, "For many Americans, coming out will be the hardest thing they ever do. While it's a shame that Americans were not able to experience this aspect of Sally while alive, we should all be proud of the fact that like many LGBT Americans, she proudly served her country, had a committed and loving relationship, and lived a good life."
    Of the further implications of today's news, Griffin added: "The fact that Sally Ride was a lesbian will further help round out Americans's understanding of the contributions of LGBT Americans to our country. Our love and condolences go out to her partner."
    Asked about those who would have opposed legal recognition of her sister's relationship, Bear Ride bluntly replied, "Who cares about them, really? There are those who are stubbornly ignorant, and if they want to continue in that, God bless them, but probably best not to talk to my family."
    It's a shame she didn't feel comfortable enough to do this while alive.
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    RIP Sally. A pioneer for women in the science industry.

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    Sally is a REAL role model.
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    I remember her when I was a child. Sad to hear she died. rip space lady.
    another year i claim of total indifference.

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    As a little girl, she was one of the truest role models. It's so sad to hear that she was going through such a terrible battle. I wish she would have felt more comfortable coming out in her lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    Sally Ride Comes Out in Obit

    It's a shame she didn't feel comfortable enough to do this while alive.
    it was well known here in her hometown that she was gay. She was in a relationship with Tam for 27 years. I'm sure she never felt the need to expose her sexual preference. The press chose to do that for her after her death.
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