Sally Ride Dies at 61

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Christopher K.
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Sally Ride Dies at 61

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Sally Ride died Monday after an almost eighteen-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was part of the 1978 astronaut class, which included five other women and twenty-nine men. She earned a doctorate in physics that same year. She became, in 1981, the first American woman in space--twenty years after Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. On STS 7, with Robert Crippen commanding, the crew deployed satellites for Canada and Indonesia. STS-7 was the second flight for Challenger. On STS 41-G, again with Crippen as Commander, the crew deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite.

She served on both the Challenger and the Columbia accident investigation boards, and was a member of the Augustine Committee. She earned several awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the von Braun Award and the Lindbergh Eagle. She was an American whose heroic accomplishments will inspire others for generations to come.

NASA's Statement:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/ride.html

Biographical Sketch:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ride-sk.html

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Re: Sally Ride Dies at 61

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In November President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously to Ride.

2013 saw the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Medal by President Kennedy. Other NASA personnel to have received it include Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, John Glenn, Gerald Griffin, Fred Haise, Gene Krantz, Jim Lovell, Glynn Lunney, Edgar Mitchell, Thomas Paine, Siguard Sjoberg, Jack Swigert and Milton Windler.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/content/president-o ... ally-ride/

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Re: Sally Ride Dies at 61

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The late great Sally Ride gets her own one-hour biographical sketch when NASA-TV airs "A Ride to Remember" at the following Central Daylight times...
*Monday 23 March, 7pm
*Monday 23 March, 8pm
*Saturday 28 March, 7pm
*Saturday 28 March, 8pm

NASA announced Ride's class as astronauts in January 1978. There is no documentation that she and Valentina Tereshkova ever met.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/sally-ride ... n-in-space

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