: Sally goes to space, dies of cancer.

07-23-12, 08:15 PM



WASHINGTON—Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, said Ride "broke barriers with grace and professionalism -- and literally changed the face of America's space program."

"The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers," he said in a statement.
Ride was a physicist, writer of five science books for children and president of her own company. She had also been a professor of physics at the University of California in San Diego.

She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she earned her doctorate in physics from Stanford University. She beat out five women to be the first American female in space. Her first flight came two decades after the Soviets sent a woman into space
"Sally literally could have done anything with her life. She decided to devote her life to education and to inspiring young people. To me, that's such a powerful thing. It's extraordinarily admirable," said Maria Zuber, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who heads the Grail mission.


07-23-12, 08:24 PM
An accomplished and intelligent lady who led the way for many woman to follow into the world of science and technology. RIP Sally Ride.

07-23-12, 08:29 PM
Bummer..........For the flip side, dig up and watch "Space Cowboys" - pancreatic cancer in space in reverse.

For ALL the pioneers who go the extra mile ........ Well Done !

07-23-12, 08:51 PM
What a shame. I sometimes think that people are too jaded to really understand what a marvel space travel is, and the bravery it took the people who dedicated their lives to it. A life well live but too short.:nono:

07-23-12, 09:13 PM
I wish i was born 300years from now

07-23-12, 09:20 PM
WOW! Seems like only a few years ago they were singing "Ride Sally Ride". WAY to young.