Remembering Sally Ride
July 24th, 2012
10:57 AM ET

Remembering Sally Ride

Many, many people took to Twitter to express their feelings about Sally Ride's passing.

President Obama echoed the thoughts of many women on Twitter:

NASA reminds us that Dr. Ride was a groundbreaking individual:

If you'd like to donate to the Sally Ride Pancreatic Cancer Initiative in Dr. Ride's memory, Xeni Jardin has the details:

And of course, her fellow astronauts remember:

We had some lovely tributes on our own post, as well:

Maria Spelleri:
In the mid-70s Sally came to speak at my all-girl high school- as young and excited as she appears in the photo on this page. She was just a few years older than us- cool, pretty, smart, and taking on a "man's world". I asked her for her autograph that day. Over the years her autograph has turned up in various drawers, carried with me through various relocations, and I've remembered her and will remember her fondly and with pride on behalf of all women.

You were a childhood hero and inspiration. I stayed home when I was 9 years old to watch the first woman go to space and it altered the course of my life. I graduated with a degree in astrophysics and have been active in the space community my entire adult life in large part because her actions and courage let me know that getting to space was a real possibility – and it is now, more than ever. I hope she died having some idea of the extent to which she had a positive impact in the lives of others. Thank you!

Growing up in the 80's there were not many women nerdy chicks like me could look up to. I remember realizing I could do anything I put my mind too when Sally went into space. My childhood would not have been the same and I would not be who I am today without realizing that. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Thank you for changing my world.

Thank you Dr. Ride; you were my role model. I was given a poster of you on my 6th birthday. You autographed it to me when I was 12. It hung on my wall all through high school, my college sorority house, grad school and I hung my stole next to it after earning a doctorate in physics. Today when I heard, I brought the poster home from my office and gave it to my 6 year old daughter. You inspired me to fight, to strive and to achieve. Thank you for inspiring my life Dr. Ride.

Asima "Sam" Syed (Class 80-08):
Sally was such an inspiration to so many of us! I decided to serve my country and was hugely fortunate to be selected as one of the 1st 6 women selected to go straight from college into pilot training. I had my wings in 1980, and when Sally blasted off in 1983, I knew what I wanted to do. Although I was too early to get a chance to go to test pilot school and become a pilot astronaut, Sally's time in space was clearly the inspiration for many of us. I'll always remember and cherish Sally Ride's bravery and accomplishments!

Ruth Christian:
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Ride for four years. She was the role model of a professional woman of integrity, honesty, and fair-mindedness, and she blended this with a sense of humor and genuine passion. I came away from the experience knowing I had a life changing experience, and it is her standard by which I move ahead as a woman professional. I also came away from the experience with a new phrase, "even as we speak". You reached for the stars Sally, and now you dwell among them. Enjoy the new adventure.

To Dr. Ride – Sally as we all came to refer – Thank you for having lived your fantastic life during part of mine. Deepest condolences to her partner and family. It is unfortunate that we post these comments after we lose such people. There ought to be a way when only time remains, that we can share our appreciation with those we never met and let them know they made a difference. Rest in peace. And peace to her loved ones.

Elaine Mills:
One of the greatest thrills of my life was hearing her speak. When she walked into the room filled with women and girls, the crowd roared. We all knew we were in the presence of someone very special.

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  1. nsaidi

    Hello there, my name is Nicole Saidi and I am a writer/producer with, and I work with readers' comments.

    I wanted to thank everyone for their great responses on this blog. You can see some of the memories and stories above. So many people inspired by the life of Sally Ride. Also, I want to thank readers on like Ann M. Bell, who wrote that "our entire family went out to that launch" and Shandalla Rigby, who called Ride "My childhood hero. I wanted to be an astronaut as a child." They were commenting on iReporter Candy Maria Torres' submission ( about Sally Ride, which has been resurfaced. It's a good read:

    July 24, 2012 at 11:55 am |


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