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R.I.P. Sally Ride, an Astronaut and Adamant Girl Scout Supporter who Changed the Future

Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. She was a physicist, a Space Shuttle pioneer, a teacher, and one of those people who changes the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways.

"When I was a kid, Sally Ride was my astronaut," writes Blogger Annalee Newitz. "My parents' generation loved Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but I loved Sally Ride. With her curly brown hair and bravery, she reminded me of another astronaut I loved — Ripley, from Alien. Except Sally Ride was real. Because of women like Ride, I grew up in a world where female astronauts were not just fictional. I knew that women could go to space, and succeed there, because an ordinary scientist like Ride had done it. Because of Ride's trip offworld, I saw the future differently than my mother did when she was young."


Courtesy of Girl Scouts Blog

Posted by News GSHS at 8:32 AM


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