Monday, July 23, 2012

Astronaut Sally Ride dead at 61, first U.S. woman in space

UPDATE BY MSNBC NEWS: Sally Ride, first American woman in space, a lesbian, dies of cancer
Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died today. And it turns out she was even more of a pioneer than most of us realized. She will also be remembered as the first lesbian astronaut.

Ride, 61, died today after a 17-month battle against pancreatic cancer, her company (Sally Ride Science, the educational venture she founded after leaving NASA, aimed at promoting math and science for girls) confirmed.

The announcement of Ride's death noted that she is survived by her partner of 27 years, Tam O'Shaughnessy. O'Shaughnessy is the COO and Executive Vice President of Sally Ride Science and a Professor Emerita of School Psychology at San Diego State University.

Ride made history in 1983 as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger, breaking the gender barrier for U.S. spaceflight.

She was married to fellow astronaut Steven Hawley in 1982, but they divorced in 1987 with no children.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has died of cancer at age 61.

Update at 5:37 p.m. ET: Here's the full statement from Sally Ride Science, the San Diego company she developed to provide classroom materials, programs and professional help for K-12 teachers:

Sally Ride died peacefully July 23, 2012 after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, commitment, and love. Her integrity was absolute; her spirit was immeasurable; her approach to life was fearless.

Sally was a physicist, the first American woman to fly in space, a science writer, and the President and CEO of Sally Ride Science. She had the rare ability to understand the essence of things and to inspire those around her to join her pursuits.

Sally's historic flight into space captured the nation's imagination and made her a household name. She became a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers and a hero to generations of adventurous young girls. After retiring from NASA, Sally used her high profile to champion a cause she believed in passionately—inspiring young people, especially girls, to stick with their interest in science, to become scientifically literate, and to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering.

In addition to Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years, Sally is survived by her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin, and nephew, Whitney; her staff of 40 at Sally Ride Science; and many friends and colleagues around the country.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ride, Sally, Ride.

Anonymous said...

I thought she died in the crash???? What the fuck happened...some broad died in a shuttle crash once

I Voted For Obama said...

RIP. She was a real pioneer.

Anonymous said...

61 is way too young.

Anonymous said...

.....In addition to Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years, Sally is survived by.....

So she was a Carpet Muncher for 27 years, EAT ME!!!!!

Bartender Bea

Anonymous said...

Left her astronaut husband for her best friend since childhood. I've known more than a few coppers whose wives went lesbian.

Anonymous said...

what a woman.rip

Anonymous said...

She was a real pioneer. The first carpet muncher in space.

Anonymous said...

Was she from the 19th ward

Anonymous said...

she was a carpet muncher,you know.les be friends and all that.

Read a Book said...

@ 7:06pm. What public high school did you almost graduate from??

Anonymous said...

Sally Ride was reincarnated into a lezzie.

Aldo Raine said...

As ugly as she was, it figures she was a carpet muncher.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Obama over 5000 jobs were lost at NASA for scraping the space program.

Anonymous said...

not to dis the late Sally, but what is that phallic looking item on the desk in back of her in the photo,oh my say it isnt so/

Anonymous said...

hilarious.ugly dyke.

papimonte said...

She was cute.. What a waste...

papimonte said...

She was cute.. What a waste...

papimonte said...

No ways..she was cute.. What a waste..

Anonymous said...

Sally hated the space shuttle because it was shaped like a penis.

Anonymous said...

"what is that phallic looking item on the desk in back of her"

That is the Rama Jama 3000 quad headed dildo. It allows for 1 in the pink and 3 in the stink.

rjp said...

1987 + 27 = 2014

So she moved out on her husband and started mowing the carpet before even getting the divorce?

Anonymous said...

A female that can PASS A TEST !!! Can't be the copbroad that works for Chief HillBillie Walrus WHALEASS in Willow Gultch. That Broad in Willow Gultch is just plain Stupid, makes copbroads look bad...at least Sally Ride had brains.

I Voted For Obama said...

Obama does not like NASA.