She was the first American woman in space, flying on the STS-7 mission aboard Challenger in June 1983. Footage from her second and last shuttle flight, STS-41G appears in the IMAX movie, “The Dream is Alive”. Even after leaving NASA, she remained involved in space flight, serving on both Columbia and Challenger investigation boards. She also created the Sally Ride Science Festivals to encourage 5th – 8th grade girls to pursue science and engineering careers. My daughter attended one.
The Augusta Chronicle, my hometown newspaper ran this editorial cartoon by Clyde Wells for Sally Ride’s first flight. This scan is actually from a collection of Clyde Wells’ cartoons, but yes, I have kept the original for the last 29 years. I have never forgotten the lesson here.
She fought the same battle against pancreatic cancer as my sister-in-law, with unfortunately the same outcome today. Eternal rest, grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.