Sally Ride has died

Dr. Sally Ride is reported to have died today after a long battle with cancer. She was 61. Ride was the first American woman to go into outer space, and the youngest at the time, at age 32. She was also a pioneer in STEM promotion, and a prolific author.


  1. #1 D. C. Sessions
    July 23, 2012

    Ride was the first woman to go into outer space.

    So what is Valentina Tereshkova — chopped liver?

  2. #2 fanboyslim
    July 23, 2012

    Sorry to hear about Dr. Ride’s death, I remember watching her shuttle launch (back when that was still considered exciting TV material). Astronauts are still mostly men, but it’s difficult to overstate how big of a deal was sending a woman into orbit then.

    However you may want to correct your post to indicate she was only the first American woman in space.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    July 23, 2012

    Chopped liver would be good space food because it would fit nicely in those tubes.

    Right, first American woman, and at the time, youngest American.