Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Obama: "Sally Ride Was A National Hero And Powerful Role Model"

President Barack Obama mourned the death of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, calling her "a national hero and powerful role model" - especially for young girls. President Obama has issued the following statement on Ride’s death:

"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Sally Ride. As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools. Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sally’s family and friends."


The loss of Ride at such a young age is undoubtedly a shame and her presence will certainly be missed. Hopefully other women in science and technology will be inspired to follow in Sally Ride's footsteps.

R.I.P Sally Ride

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