1st woman astronaut in space has died

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  1. yarnwoman

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    ABC news is reporting that Sally RIde passed away today of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61:(
     
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    Was just going to post this...
    I remember reading about her in the Weekly Readers in school....
     
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    Years ago her niece was in my Girl Scout troop and Sally attended many of our activities. She was a wonderful lady!
     
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    :( How sad.
     
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    61 is pretty young still. :(
     
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    Oh, my. This breaks my heart. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her at SEEC in Houston in 2010. I wasn't even aware she was ill.

    RIP Sally...
     
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    What a loss to this nation. Sally Ride was involved in helping young people getting more excited and involved in education.

    I just began reading today the book "The Mercury 13" by Martha Ackmann about the women that began astronaut training in the early 1960's. Sally Ride is discussed in this book as the success of Women eventually breaking into the astronaut program. Happily, there were others to follow and even today are in space.

    I was saddened to get into my car later and hear the news of her passing today.
     
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    A wonderful tribute to her from the New York Times may be found here.
     
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    Very sad. I remember seeing her speak when I was in elementary school.

    Just to clarify, though, Sally Ride was the first American woman in space - Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space.
     

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