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  • fiveseasonsmade4u Kimberley

    Sally Ride (First American Woman in space) has died after a 17-month long battle against pancreatic cancer. She became a household name after her historic flight on Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983, and then used her high-profile to encourage kids, especially young girls, to pursue science, math, and engineering careers. Sally, you will be dearly missed.

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Actual questions asked by People Magazine to Sally Ride: Q: “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?” A: “There’s no evidence of that.” Q: “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?” A: “How come nobody ever asks (a male fellow astronaut) those questions?” RIP, Sally.

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