Blog: Remembering Sally Ride

Astronomy writer Nadia Drake looks back on the astronaut’s reach

By Nadia Drake, 14:17 PM July 24, 2012

Though she didn’t know it, I spent many evenings with Sally Ride in the 1980s.

Ride, who in 1983 became the first American woman in space, died July 23 at age 61 after fighting pancreatic cancer for 17 months.

But decades ago, she often sent me gently to sleep, inviting my young mind to follow her high into the microgravity skies above Earth.

Many childhood evenings involved my dad climbing into the space separating my bed from my little sister Leila’s. There, he would dutifully read to us fr...

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