Sally Ride is dead

Reply Mon 23 Jul, 2012 04:31 pm
She was only 61 years old. Sad.
Reply Mon 23 Jul, 2012 04:41 pm

she was a fine educator in many areas of her life
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Reply Mon 23 Jul, 2012 04:41 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Is that the Sally Ride of "Ride, Sally Ride"?

Edit, okay, j/k.

How did she die? That's really young.
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Reply Mon 23 Jul, 2012 04:45 pm
Pancreatic cancer was the cause.
cicerone imposter
Reply Mon 23 Jul, 2012 04:50 pm
My brother-in-law had pancreatic cancer, and he lived about one year after he was diagnosed. That's unusual, because most die within three months of diagnosis.
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Lustig Andrei
Reply Mon 23 Jul, 2012 05:12 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Sad, very sad.

RIP, Astronaut.
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Reply Mon 23 Jul, 2012 05:20 pm
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, passed away at the age of 61, leaving behind her longtime female partner.

Ride, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, died peacefully Monday. Born in Los Angeles in 1951, Ride obtained degrees in physics and English before signing up to become a NASA astronaut in 1977; it was the first time women were allowed in space. Ride apparently wasn’t out then — it's unlikely an openly gay person would be allowed to become an astronaut at the time, as the government believed gays represented security risks thanks to potential blackmail situations. She was actually married to a fellow astronaut, Steven Hawley, during part of her time with NASA


Sorry to hear she has passed, may she rest in peace.
Reply Wed 25 Jul, 2012 05:10 pm
Government to Sally Ride: You were a hero and a role model, now excuse us while we discriminate against you posthumously and make your illegal spouse pay 50% of the estate in inheritance tax so she loses the home you both built, oh and, god bless america!

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