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RIP, Sally Ride

July 23, 2012

Two updates below.

NPR:

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions.

In this June 1983 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Sally Ride, a specialist on shuttle mission STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the shuttle Columbia flight deck.

Ride died today in La Jolla, Calif. after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said on its website.

Her company website, and one heck of a bio, can be found here.

Update: NASA has a nice bio and photo tribute.

Update II: Planetary Society president Bill Nye’s statement on Sally Ride.

RIP, Sally Ride.

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Sally was cool, had the chance to meet her in San Diego, talked about everything, she sure knew her stuff, RIP Sally.

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