America’s first female astronaut — Dr. Sally Ride — died today after succumbing to 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,” read a statement on the Sally Ride Science website.
Ride rode to orbit aboard the space shuttle Challenger almost 30 years ago to become America’s first woman in space.
She is survived by her partner of 27 years, Tam O’Shaughnessy, her mother, her sister, and other family members.
“Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism — and literally changed the face of America’s space program,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally’s family and the many she inspired. She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly.”
Our prayers and thoughts go out to her family and friends. Dr. Sally Ride — RIP.