I experienced personal loss today. I was honored to provide mission support for Sally’s trips into space, and for the President’s Commission investigating the Challenger Disaster. Always a professional, Sally was never the subject of anything but admiration and respect.
Sally Ride, trailblazing first American woman in space, died peacefully on July 23rd, 2012.
WIKI: Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman—and then-youngest American, at 32—to enter space. In 1987 she left NASA to work at Stanford University‘s Center for International Security and Arms Control.
|Sally Kristen Ride|
Ride in 1984
|Born||May 26, 1951
Encino, Los Angeles, California
|Died||July 23, 2012 (aged 61)
La Jolla, California
|Time in space||14d 07h 46m|
|Selection||1978 NASA Group|
|Retirement||August 15, 1987|
Dr. Ride was always a pioneer in science and education. She successfully navigated a culture that made women prove themselves twice, before being accepted into traditional male roles. Dr. Ride was always gracious and approachable but serious … if you could catch her. Always on the move from speaking engagements to science events to seminars, Sally was a blur to the casual observer. Sally’s place in history is solid as a role model for anyone. If Sally chose to reveal her personal preferences, when she passed from this world, so be it. That does not reduce the icon of honor, virtue and compassion she represented..