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Sally Ride Is Dead
July 29, 2012, 15:39
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Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died on Tuesday, July 23rd at the age of 61. Inducted into NASA’s Astronaut Corps in 1978 as part of Group 8, she flew on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7 in 1983 and STS-41-G in 1984. After Challenger was lost in an explosion in 1986, she served on the Rogers Commission investigating that incident. She retired from NASA in 1987. In 2003, she was a member of the board investigating the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, becoming the only person to be on both committees. After that… well… if you really want to know what she did between 2003 and now, you can find it in one of the prevalent biographies of her found at public libraries and on the Internet, as I’m not entirely sure myself. I first discovered Sally Ride in late 2007 or early ’08, when I chose her to research for my Destination Imagination team’s Challenge that winter. Although I never met her, I admired her, and I was shocked and saddened to learn of her death.

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