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R.I.P. Dr. Sally Ride 1951 – 2012

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Earlier this week, we lost a superstar – a woman who broke many barriers and is a role model to women around the world – Dr. Sally Ride. It’s weird because I’m not particularly into science and I never wanted to be an astronaut as a kid, but the news of Dr. Sally Ride’s death has literally brought me to tears. What she accomplished was historical but she didn’t stop there. She continued to advocate for other women and girls and for that, we should all thank her.

Dr. Sally Ride was a physicist and astronaut and will be remembered as the first American woman to enter space. To date, she is still the youngest astronaut to enter space at the age of 32. Later on she was part of the investigative panels for the Challenger and Columbia accidents – the only astronaut to serve on both panels. She not only excelled in science but was also a nationally ranked tennis player. Talk about being able to do it all!

After her time at NASA, Dr. Sally Ride became a professor and advocate for exposing school children to science, especially girls. She led efforts to allow children access to ISS EarthKAM and GRAIL MoonKAM projects so that kids could study imagery of the Earth and Moon. She went on to found Sally Ride Science an innovative science education company dedicated to supporting girls’ and boys’ interests in science, math and technology. One of her goals was to change the perception of women in technical fields.

I remember being in 4th grade and watching Dr. Sally Ride take off in the Challenger. She showed us that if you don’t limit yourself and reach for the stars, you can actually shine among them. Rest in peace Dr. Sally Ride.

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