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BREAKING NEWS: Sally Ride, first American woman to fly in space, dies from pancreatic cancer
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Posted on 07/23/2012 4:08:22 PM PDT by Perdogg

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To: Perdogg
RIP. Thanks for pioneering solutions to persistent problems in U.S. spacecraft architecture that prevented women from flying in space for any appreciable length of time until Sally came along. Thanks for the GRAIL MoonKam, and EarthKAM, reaching out to young scientists at an age when they might still be reached.

No thanks for the Augustine Commission II results nor for the continuing maxed out contributions to Obama.

Whatever. A real class act, despite her politics.

51 posted on 07/23/2012 5:48:38 PM PDT by Prospero
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To: Perdogg

God Speed Sally Ride. You’re a true American Hero.


52 posted on 07/23/2012 5:52:21 PM PDT by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations: Pornography, Homosexuality, Abortion)
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To: Perdogg

Thanks Perdogg.


53 posted on 07/23/2012 5:53:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kabar

[ Great achievements and it appears among her many firsts, she was the first gay astronaut. ]

Even if she was Gay if she had been all in your face about it we would have heard nothing BUT that fact about it from the LGBTQ alphabet soup people 24/7 all the freeking time...

In fact if it was just a barely mentioned footnote and she didn’t spew it all over the place and lead “pride” marches this make me appreciate her even more.

So the real question isn’t: “Was she Gay” the REAL question is: “Did she use being Gay to push the Gay agenda down everyone’s throats?”

If the answer to the second question is NO, then I respect her for her time in space as the first female astronaut even more!


54 posted on 07/23/2012 5:56:52 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: ssaftler

Doesn’t matter a bit. People are what they are and the fact that she did not make a big deal out of her personal life is, these days, commendable. A genuine pioneer and brave soul. Sympathy to her family and everyone close to her.


55 posted on 07/23/2012 6:03:57 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: arderkrag
“The heroes of my era are going beyond the veil, one by one.”


It's what is known as ageing and it doesn't get any better. .

56 posted on 07/23/2012 6:04:49 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Perdogg

Now that was one helluva Ride. RIP Sally.


57 posted on 07/23/2012 7:47:48 PM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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58 posted on 07/23/2012 7:51:15 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Perdogg

Lord Jesus, rest this courageous woman with the saints and comfort her family.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.


59 posted on 07/23/2012 8:19:54 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Perdogg

Nasty cancer - it took my mom in 2006 RIP, Sally.


60 posted on 07/23/2012 8:27:18 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: trapped_in_LA

I couldn’t be so presumptuous as to what God may or may not do.


62 posted on 07/23/2012 9:02:07 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Musketeer
It was in the announcement of her death that she was survived by this woman "partner."

I'm sorry you can't handle the facts.

63 posted on 07/23/2012 9:02:14 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: kabar

God can judge her for her sins as he will judge the rest of us one day. I am just going to celebrate the life and achievements of a great American.


64 posted on 07/23/2012 10:37:42 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: South40
a huge loss....too too young...

why do the Chavez's and the Hugh Hefners and the mansons' go on and on and on and the good die so young or at least well before their time....

God bless you Sally Ride......you done good!

65 posted on 07/23/2012 10:50:20 PM PDT by cherry (/)
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To: kabar

doesn’t diminish her....she lived a quiet life....I personally ask for no more...


66 posted on 07/23/2012 10:52:27 PM PDT by cherry (/)
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To: BwanaNdege

your dtr sounds terrific...you must be proud...


67 posted on 07/23/2012 10:54:00 PM PDT by cherry (/)
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To: Perdogg

So, she’s back floating in space if that’s where Heaven is.


68 posted on 07/23/2012 10:55:01 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Perdogg

RIP.


69 posted on 07/23/2012 11:12:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Perdogg
So she was a lesbian ... big deal. She had the sense to keep the focus on what she did in and for aerospace, and for the role model she became, not on her choice of partner. In short, she knew that "the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

How sad it must've been for her though, to see what the Empty Suit has done to NASA on these last years or so of her life.

So now that cancer no longer has her, may there truly be a peaceful rest for a hell of a lady, and for (in her own small way) one of Billy Joel's inspirations.
70 posted on 07/24/2012 12:47:38 AM PDT by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: Cementjungle
"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."

As a kid (born in 1955), I was completely hooked on the space program. Astronauts were literally my heroes. I knew every mission, every crewmember's name by heart. My desire to go into space led me to the USAF Academy, flying for SAC, etc.....but alas, never in space.

Years later, in the mid 90's, Shepard's book Moon Shot came out. I went to two separate book signings, had him sign probably 8 copies of that book (that I gave as gifts, keeping one for myself, natch). Still.....never got to talk to the guy.

Couple of years after that, I was with a different company and went to Detroit for a convention/trade show. It was setup day on the convention center floor (vendors setting up booths, etc.). I look over, and who should I spy but Alan Shepard with some sweet young thing (marketing/PR type, it turns out) in the Loctite Corp. booth; hardly anyone around. I walk right on over....and he and another guy are joking around, comparing Shepard's Annapolis ring to the other guy's West Point ring. I slam my hand down between them....the hand with my AF Academy ring....and said "Beat ya both. Take that." He thought that was stinkin' hilarious.

I took the opportunity to finally introduce myself, telling him "Admiral, I 'met' you twice during book signings, bought a boatload of your books....and never even got to so much as shake your hand." Of course, he smiled and extended his hand to me.

I then proceeded to tell him what I just shared with you....how he and his fellow Mercury (then Gemini, Apollo, et al) astronauts inspired me to go to the Academy, fly for Uncle Sam, etc. He stared at me, mouth agape.....and just said "wow". I laughed and said, "Sir, you can't possibly tell me that you didn't realize the impact you and your fellow astronauts have had on generations of kids, probably starting with my generation. Surely you've heard this before!" He was just so floored....so humbled....it was amazing.

Here this man was the first American in space and seemed genuinely to NOT know the impact he had on so many lives. Well by God, after that moment, he sure did.

That little PR honey took a snapshot of he and I shaking hands, then emailed it to me. It was blown up and framed as a birthday gift for me by a family member, and hangs on my office wall today.

71 posted on 07/24/2012 3:19:58 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: GraceG

Despite all of the arguments one can get into over Ride being gay, and if she kept it to herself then so much the better, but it doesn’t change what is a matter of statistical relevance.

Another gay person has died at too young of an age. She will be included in that set of statistics that says that gay males die some 20 years before their American male peers and that gay females die some 10 years before their peers. The gay community hates that research, besmirches it every chance they get, but it is what it is.

I notice it when another gay person meets the criteria.

The epitaph should include these words: Dead at too Young an Age...Sally Ride.


72 posted on 07/24/2012 5:57:44 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Perdogg

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds,—and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless falls of air...

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, nor eer eagle flew—

And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod

The high, untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand and touched the face of God.


73 posted on 07/24/2012 6:02:07 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Perdogg

RIP, Sally. You are an American heroine for all time.


74 posted on 07/24/2012 7:28:50 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: kabar
According to Wikipedia,

Ride married fellow NASA astronaut Steve Hawley in 1982; they divorced in 1987. From 1985 until her death, Ride's female partner was Dr. Tam E. O'Shaughnessy, a childhood friend who met Ride when both youngsters were aspiring tennis players. O'Shaughnessy became a science teacher and writer and, later, the chief operating officer and executive vice president of Ride's company, Sally Ride Science. She also co-authored several books with Ride. Their same-sex relationship of 27 years was revealed in Ride's obituary released by Sally Ride Science and confirmed by Ride's sister. Her sister stated that Ride preferred to keep this information private during her life.

Her preference for privacy kept the focus on her achievements, not her (non)reproductive choice. You have to salute Ride's discipline and unwillingness to be made a political pawn. Condolences to her accomplished partner, who appears to have been at least an intellectual soulmate.

75 posted on 07/24/2012 8:00:32 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: cherry

We love all four kids and are proud of each. However, this daughter’s greatest accomplishment is our 20 month old grand daughter, plus another “in the hanger” and “fixing to launch” in two weeks!


76 posted on 07/24/2012 8:57:54 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Albion Wilde

Well stated.


77 posted on 07/24/2012 9:57:48 AM PDT by kabar
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To: RightOnline

GREAT story, Rightonline!!! What is the chance we can see the picture on your FR page?


78 posted on 07/24/2012 10:42:39 AM PDT by Flpoop (play it where it lies)
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To: GraceG
as the first female astronaut even more!

Yeah, she was the first US female to go up in space, but she apparently played the politics better than the other female TFNG(s?) at the time.

RIP

79 posted on 07/24/2012 10:46:08 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: kabar

Pissing off the locals again, kabar? LOL!

FWIW, no one knew she was gay because she kept it quiet, as most gays do. The flamboyant faggots in the world account for a very small percentage. The rest know damn well they’ll be castigated by the majority of society for being a part of that disgusting practice.


80 posted on 07/24/2012 11:28:30 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Perdogg

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
“High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.


81 posted on 07/24/2012 8:47:51 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

I know two people who died of pancreatic cancer. Both were diabetics who took the same drug, Januvia. It’s a horrible way to go.


82 posted on 07/24/2012 8:52:04 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Musketeer

You were angry about the posting on Sally Ride being gay. True, it’s irrelevant if you look at it from a secular worldview. However, unless we know Sally Ride personally and know for sure that she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior before she died, we’ll never know if she’s resting in peace. If we don’t know, then we can’t be sure. It’s too late to pray for Sally’s soul, regardless of what decision she made. The only thing we can do now is pray that her family and her “accomplished partner” will find peace thru salvation in Jesus Christ. It’s not too late for them. While we can all acknowledge Ms. Ride’s tremendous accomplishments and marvel at their impact, and feel that the world is a better place because of her achievements, it counts for absolutely nothing if she left this world without accepting Christ as her Savior and is now standing before a holy God for judgement. God is not juging her for being gay. God is judging her because she did not accept His gracious gift of salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ. He wants us to come to Him as we are, scales and all. I am so sorry if you are offended by what I’ve said, but I’ll never apologize for giving the gospel. I will always seize every opportunity to share the message of eternal life thru faith in Christ. God bless.


83 posted on 07/25/2012 11:54:39 AM PDT by debindc
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