questionshave you heard? sally ride, the 1st american…

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For details, here's a link.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/07/sally-ride-first-us-woman-in-space-dies-at-61/1#.UA3eVcVA3cs

I'm so sad that's she's gone. She was a class act, and a brilliant model for young girls (and young boys, too) to emulate.

High Flight

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 ever 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.

— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

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I saw that lift-off as well, it was really amazing. She was an inspiration.

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Very sad. When I was a kid, I remember a children's magazine that featured 4 women training to become astronauts, and Sally Ride was among them. While certainly an inspiration to girls and women, I always thought of her as a hero for showing both men and women what's possible.

The world is better because she was a part of it. Ride Sally Ride.

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She will be sadly missed as a pioneer and a contributor to women's equality in aerospace technology.

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Yep. Just reading through the details of her life before I logged on here. Pretty amazing.

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Hadn't heard. One of those names that will always stick in your memory.

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Agreed with all who commented before me. Brave soul, lady, American. I only hope if I am faced with my own danger I can respond in same. My regard and respect Sally, Dr.J