NASA’s Tribute to Sally Ride

by Nancy Atkinson on September 19, 2012

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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.

Sally Ride


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Aqua4U September 20, 2012 at 12:45 AM

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

David Herne September 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

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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