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Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, floats alongside Challenger's middeck airlock hatch.
Laura Helmuth, Slate science and health editor, formerly at Smithsonian magazine, talks about Sally Ride's place in history as the first American woman in space.
Oops, I meant Rachel, not Becca. Sorry, both of you.
Becca, the main problem w/pancreatic cancer is detection. It usually doesn't cause symptoms until it's already advanced, so it isn't detected until it's too late for treatment to work. That's why most people who have it die within months after it's diagnosed.
I was shocked to hear Dr. Ride had died, & so young. She was 1 of my heroes. I remember toasting her 1st mission w/a glass of Space Shuttle Rose'. I wanted to be an astronaut long before then but didn't have good enough eyesight, so it was a great vicarious moment. And I admire her work getting girls into science.
Sally Ride was a brilliant space pioneer and an inspiration to me growing up in the 1980s. She was another person taken away from us too soon by pancreatic cancer, the most lethal of all cancers. We need more research into this devastating disease, so that someday a cure will be found.
I am a rising senior studying neuropsychology and also systematic oppression of women by the institution of science both in the field itself and in American culture in general at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Sally Ride has always been an inspiration for my work and I credit her with my success in my field. Thanks for doing this piece! Sally Ride has been important in my life and the lives of many other women in science and other typically male-dominated fields.
I wish I could live to see the day that men can do something that only women can do right now, which is to bear their own children.
How tragic that we could not know her as a gay trailblazer -- one of the many unknowns, historical and present...
61 ?, really, what was the caused of death.
God bless her.
What's sexist about asking about the effects of space travel on female bodily functions?
Our family had a small but significant relationship with Sally Ride through her Sally Ride Science Program. Our daughter participated in her Toy Challenge for 2 years through the Girl Scouts. She met her and was inspired. She is continuing her legacy by being a science major in college. We are very sad at her passing.
Today also happens to be the 115th Birthday of Amelia Earhart. See today's google doodle.
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