Sally Ride


NASA’s Tribute to Sally Ride

19 Sep , 2012 by

NASA officials, fellow astronauts and the family of Sally Ride gathered in Houston at the Johnson Space Center on Sept. 18, 2012. They remembered Ride’s life and the legend she leaves behind. An oak tree — one of most enduring types of trees — was planted and dedicated in Ride’s honor. It sits among 62 other trees dedicated to astronauts and space pioneers in a grove located JSC.

Ride passed away on July 23, 2012 after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. “She 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,” wrote the team at Sally Ride Science — the science education company Ride founded — on the day of her death.

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

2 Responses

  1. Aqua4U says:

    RIP Sally…. you set ‘the bar’ quite high, but thankfully, others are following in your footsteps!

  2. David Herne says:

    Blessed to share dinner with Sally, David Walker dec. (future shuttle pilot) and a bunch of tracking station staff one evening in November 1980 in Australia. Wonderfully inspiring and gracious pair, they shared infectious enthusiasm and a team sprit.

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