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Sally Ride

  1. You Thought Sally Ride Was the First Woman in Space? Meet Valentina Tereshkova

    When you hear the word “astronaut,” you probably think of guys like Neil Armstrong. When you think of women astronauts—an even smaller number—you probably think of the late Sally Ride who, among her many accomplishments, went to space twice, was a physics professor at U of C and, perhaps most importantly, was immortalized in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” But Ride, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t the first woman in space.

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  2. NASA Has a Soundcloud Account, And They’ve Filled it With Awesome Things

    In space, we can all hear you, thanks to the microphones that you brought along.

    Did you know that NASA, yes NASA, has a Soundcloud account, and that they've filled it with some of the most amazing and historically significant sounds in American space exploration?

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  3. Sally Ride Science Launching a New EarthKAM Mission for Kids to Operate an ISS Camera

    If Sally Ride wanted you to do something, you do that thing.

    Sally Ride, who you may remember as only the first American woman in space and the youngest American astronaut to ever go there, started a great program to get kids involved in STEM fields back in the 90s, and it's launching its next mission next month. Don't let her down.

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  4. The Colbert Report Honors America’s First Woman In Space

    I am a pioneer and so can you!

    "Before Sally Ride flew, the only three females NASA had flown were two spiders and a monkey."

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  5. Navy Names Newest Research Ship After First US Woman In Space, Sally Ride

    She's great at boats!

    When Sally Ride was leaving Earth's atmosphere as the first American woman in space, presumably she had quite a lot of thoughts on her mind. One of them probably wasn't "Gosh, I sure hope they name a Navy research ship after me when I die," but that's what happened this past weekend anyway.

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  6. Sally Ride Honored With the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor the United States can award, created to recognize "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." In a ceremony yesterday, President Obama announced that he will be posthumously awarding the Medal to Sally Ride, the third woman, and first American woman, in space.

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  7. Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the First Latina in Space, Is Now the Johnson Space Center’s Second Female Director, Too

    We Can Be Heroes

    When it comes to writing about female astronauts, our coverage here at The Mary Sue tends to be somewhat Sunita Williams-centric. (She's awesome, OK?) But here's another lady astronaut you should know: Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who this month becomes the second female and first Hispanic director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. She was also the first Latina in space, if you need more impressing. Oh, and she's also a classical flutist. That instrument was the bane of my existence in the fourth grade, so anyone who can play it without passing out gets my respect, even without also being an awesome astronaut.

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  8. Women Who Changed Science Now Beautiful Minimalist Posters

    she blinded me with science

    Artist, designer, and Tumblrer Hydrogene has put together a series of six minimalist posters featuring the work of women who changed the face of science, and history. For example, the now eighty-five-year-old Rear Admiral Grace Hopper developed the first computer compiler, came up with the idea that we should really create a programming language that would work on more than one individual computer, and popularized the term "bug" and "debugging" in their use in computer programming, after fishing a moth out of the workings of the Mark II supercomputer in 1947. (Hydrogene Portfolio via Tumblr.)

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  9. Girl Scouts of America and Geek Squad Team Up To Inspire Geeky Girls


    In an effort to bolster girls' interest in science and technology, Girl Scouts of America has invited the Geek Squad summer academy to New Orleans this August, where 200 girls aged 10 to 14 will pull apart and rebuild computers and learn about the technology behind digital photography and music.

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  10. R.I.P Sally Ride, America’s First Female Astronaut

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    It was merely a month ago that we were jointly celebrating two occasions: Liu Yang becoming China's first female taikonaut, and the twenty-ninth anniversary of Sally Ride's inaugural voyage on the Challenger shuttle, the one that made her the third woman to go to space, and the first one to be put there by the American space program. Yesterday evening we received the sad news: Sally Ride has succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a two-year illness, dying at the age of sixty-one.

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