Rest in peace, Sally. You were an inspiration to many people, for many reasons.

LadyRomp

I just want to take a moment and pay tribute to a Space Legend. RIP, Astronaut Sally Ride.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman to travel into space, died on Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her organization, Sally Ride Science. She was 61.

Ride broke new ground for American women in 1983 when at the age of 32 she and four crewmates blasted off aboard space shuttle Challenger. She returned to space for a second mission a year later.

““Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism – and literally changed the face of America’s space program,” NASAadministrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, said in a statement.

““She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly,” Bolden said.

Ride grew up in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University, where she earned degrees in physics and English. She joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 1978.

She was assigned to…

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