Skip to comments.BREAKING NEWS: Sally Ride, first American woman to fly in space, dies from pancreatic cancer
Posted on 07/23/2012 4:08:22 PM PDT by Perdogg
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I actually got to meet her once. She was my hero and my role model when I was young.
How utterly sad. Another bright light has moved on.
Long live the pioneers.
I have a NASA Mission patch from one of the flights she was on...STS-7, I believe.
So who’s fault? The Tea Party or Bush’s?
Those astronauts in the 80s were really big heroes of mine, especially Sally Ride.
Had no idea she had cancer.
Aww. Hope she is space from a totally different angle now.
Aww. Hope she is seeing space from a totally different angle now.
Sad news. May her family be comforted.
Godspeed, Sally. God bless you and your loved ones.
From a Texan who spent many days up and down NASA Road 1.
RIP brave lady.
She’s on a rocket to the fourth dimension. Ride Sally, RIDE!
Sad. She graduated from CMU, where my father, sister and I went. My first nice car, my “ride,” I named “Sally” after her. Such an awesome woman.
In addition to Tam OShaughnessy, her partner of 27 years,...
RIP and thanks for your bravery and spirit, Ms Ride.
The heroes of my era are going beyond the veil, one by one.
She showed everyone you can have great hair in space.
She was gay? Wow. I can never remember it being mentioned when she was active in the space program, or after she retired.
Not that it mattered or should have mattered...
I remember her going into space. Had no idea she had cancer. RIP
Pancreatic cancer is usually fatal in a short period of time. By the time it's discovered, it's spread throughout the body.
17 months is one heck of a fight when it comes to pancreatic cancer. She was a brave soul, and obviously a real fighter. I hope she rests in peace.
She inspired our 3rd daughter to apply for astronaut training. Alas, there were 30,000+ applications for a hundred or so openings and our daughter does not have her PhD.
Never-the-less she helped build a laboratory module that is now on the Space Station. And she is currently a systems engineer on the Orion Capsule!
Thank you, Sally Ride!
Rest in peace, brave lady
They may have just been business partners or more than that. You are the one with a problem.
That said, my daughter got to meet her at ASU at a special spend the day with her kind of thing. I think she was about 9.
Wow, that sucks. God bless her.
She never made it an issue, never tried to advance the agenda, so it won’t make any difference to me whom she lived with.
I always think of her when I hear the line from the song “Mustang Sally,”
all you want to do is ride around Sally,
ride Sally Ride!
Oh, well, yet another person to be proud of
when we *had* a space program.
A big part of astronauts' lives are serving as "ambassadors" or mentors for the younger generations. Just meeting someone like that can change a kid's trajectory.
I was lucky enough to have had a 5 minute conversation with Alan Shepard a few months after his moonwalk... it was like getting injected with some sort of drug designed to make me more interested in science.
Sally Ride endorses Obama
October 29, 2008
There has been speculation diet pop with asparatame is an issue. Researchers are finding people who drank a lot of diet soda's are coming down with PC at higher levels.
I was in a band in the late 80’s to mid 90’s that used to play that ( a bar band staple ) . Whenever we played in the Clear Lake area (NASA hdq., the audience would sing just a bit louder. Good stuff.
Surprising to me...when you hold someone up on a pedestal then rear this it kinda takes some of the shine off...
Hear, not rear...
It doesn’t detract in any way from her achievements, even if true. She is fully deserving of being admired and on a pedestal. She was a pioneer and very brave. A role model.
Very sad. Yes, a truly admirable woman and a great role model for us all. Prayers, to her family, for comfort and peace.
It’s funny how people on these thread wish that gays would shut up about their lives, but none of us ever remember Sally mentioning it about herself and now some idiot decides to bring it up.
Rest in Peace!
In fact, I am still in awe and think about it every time I see the moon.
Kids today will probably not even learn about it. Too much “American exceptional-ism”, “non-sustainable pollution” or some other claptrap. But hey, at least they'll still have jobs in NASA’s Muslim outreach program...
The only good thing that Obama has done is stop funding taxpayer money to NASA.....Definitely not in the constitution!!!!
However, RIP to this lady.
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What expert agencies say
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Dying at 61 is much too damned young to die for a hero to so many.