Sally Ride has died; Update: Politicians pay tribute, Salon writer disgraces himself!/MichaelCBender/status/227506247082049536

America’s first woman in space has succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a long, courageous battle.

From Business Wire:

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.

Admirers took to Twitter to pay their respects to the trailblazer:

Mourning the passing of first American woman in space, Sally Ride, who passed on peacefully today….

— Challenger Center IL (@CLCatHCC) July 23, 2012

Oh nooooo. Sally Ride has died. She was my hero when I was a kid.

— The Political Game (@politicgame) July 23, 2012

That's a shame. Ride, Sally Ride. RIP RT @BloombergTV: BREAKING: Sally Kristen Ride, the first American woman in space, has died

— Timothy Connolly CFA (@SconsetCapital) July 23, 2012

RIP Sally Ride. A true American hero. :-(

— Ged Maheux (@gedeon) July 23, 2012

"@BloombergTV: BREAKING: Sally Kristen Ride, the first American woman in space, has died" True inspiration. #NASA #astronaut #space

— Jabari Abramson (@jabariab) July 23, 2012

Amazing woman I've always looked up to RT @nbcnightlynews: Sally Ride, 1st American woman in space, died at 61

— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) July 23, 2012

RT @bsletten: Woah… RIP Sally Ride. (Indeed, kind of a hero to me.)

— Michael Campbell (@_Mr__Sunshine_) July 23, 2012

RIP Sally Ride. Thanks for making my birth year awesome by being the first American woman in space.

— Nick Rafter (@NRafter) July 23, 2012

Sad Day for America. RT @seanhackbarth: RT @BloombergTV: BREAKING: Sally Kristen Ride, the first American woman in space, has died

— Andrew Staroska (@OHCONSERVATISM) July 23, 2012

Oh, no…sad to hear that Sally Ride passed away. Very admirable and accomplished lady.

— Jena Tesse Fox (@JenaFox) July 23, 2012

Almost impossible to describe the impact that Sally Ride had on little girls.

— Kris Amundson (@kjamundson) July 23, 2012

Indeed. She will be greatly missed.




Politicians paid tribute to Ride as well:

"She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars."—President Obama on the passing of Sally Ride

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 23, 2012

Sally Ride ranks among the greatest of pioneers. I count myself among the millions of Americans she inspired with her travels to space.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 23, 2012

We’ll always remember Sally Ride for her contribution to US achievement in space & promoting opportunities for women & girls in science.

— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) July 23, 2012

Dr. Sally Ride, pioneering first American woman and first gay person in space, has passed away #lgbt

— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) July 23, 2012

Sad to hear that Sally Ride – one of our great heroines, explorers, & first American woman in space – has passed away.

— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) July 23, 2012

As the first woman in space, Sally Ride's life was marked by breaking barriers with courage and class. An inspiration for all #RIP #Legend

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 23, 2012

When Sally Ride launched, the whole nation lifted her up on a chorus of “Ride, Sally, Ride.” She will be missed.

— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) July 23, 2012

Unfortunately, not everyone was able to pay their respects respectfully. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald just couldn’t resist politicizing her death, using the fact that she was homosexual to make a jab at Mitt Romney:

Romney said Sally Ride is "among the greatest pioneers"-can someone ask if he's glad her partner of 27 yrs is denied her fed benefits? #DOMA

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 23, 2012

Sally Ride deserved so much better than that. Greenwald should be ashamed.

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