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Sally Ride, first American woman in space, survived by female partner

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  1. Black Hawk Down 24 Jul 2012, 10:47am

    RIP Sally
    You’re a Star in the cosmic constellations
    -x-

  2. DJ Sheepiesheep 24 Jul 2012, 11:20am

    Middle America, take a good long look at your conservative beliefs. This woman embodied all of the virtues you hold dear. She had all of the qualities your preachers say are missing in LGBT folk. Yet she was a lesbian. And a national hero. Think about it!

    1. And you are forgetting the 27-year length of their relationship, until death. That’s the nasty lie that we don’t form real relationships, aren’t faithful, etc., covered too.

      My heart goes out to those who loved her and survive her.

  3. That There Other David 24 Jul 2012, 11:57am

    Such an awful end for such an inspiring woman. RIP Sally.

  4. I hear from US buddies that major networks aren’t bothering to mention her partner, as if they can erase her from history.

    It is of relevance that Dr Ride was gay at a time where people in positions of power demonise us, call LGBT people in the US “unAmerican” and tell all sorts of despicable slanders.

    Dr Ride was also a great pioneer with a commitment to encouraging children to study maths and science. She spent her life after her Shuttle mission trying to make the world a better place.

    1. Hopefully, after a decent time, one of them will interview Tam about their life and work together.

  5. What a fantastic role model. Sad indeed.

  6. Jan Bridget 24 Jul 2012, 12:50pm

    What an amazing woman. My condolences to Tam and the rest of Sally’s family and friends. Here is a link to more information about Tam, her partner of 27 years and some amazing photos of Sally: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/366093/20120724/tam-oshaughnessy-sally-ride-nasa-first-american.htm

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Jul 2012, 3:04pm

    RIP Sally and my deepest condolences to her life partner and family. She makes us all proud. America owes her a debt of gratitude for her contribution to science and the Space programme. A true heroine.

  8. what a great name to have in that job—sally ride! just wondering aloud if “don’t ask, don’t tell” applied to usa astronauts as well as to usa servicemen/women. any answers?

  9. Tragic that she chose to conceal her sexuality when she could have been a fantastic advocate and role model

    1. exactly…how many in the UK new of her….RIP

    2. We have to remember the timescale, and the history here, since their relationship goes back 27 years.

      Ride married a man 2 years before she first went into space – when she was in the NASA flight programme, in the Reagan years. They say they started this relationship the other side of that flight, and 2 years before her divorce was finalised. So she could not have been open about it at the start, even if it had been much more recently.

      NASA did the most thorough checks imaginable on every one of their key staff, before recruitment, so they knew Ride was lesbian, or bisexual. They recruited on talent and reliability only. But NASA had a huge thing about adverse publicity that might distract from the science, and the funding. Lives were lost because of that. People were expected to “take one for NASA”, and always did.

      Ride probably did that in covering her sexuality. But my guess is that Tam was at the launches and landings with the other partners and wives, and that secrecy stuck.

  10. burningworms 24 Jul 2012, 6:11pm

    She was a role model for all of us who chose to veer past celestial bodies. Even our own.

  11. Sally you were a pioneer and a heroine for both women and LGBT alike.

    My thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to Tam and Sally’s family and friends!

    R.I.P Sally

  12. GingerlyColors 25 Jul 2012, 7:30am

    It is pleasing to learn that America’s first woman in Space was a Lesbian. I have just been reading the Wikipedia page about women astronauts and while the Soviets sent their first woman, Valentina Tereshkova up early in the Space Race, it was 19 years before Svetlana Savitskaya became the second woman to go up and Sally Ride was the third in 1983. The first British citizen in space was a woman (Helen Sharman) and the first Iranian in space was also female, thanks to the Russians which has more respect for women’s rights. In 1984 Judith Resnik became the first Jewish-American in space but died in the Challenger disaster two years later. Women in space became commonplace during the Shuttle Program which was cancelled last year. It would be interesting to see how many LGBT people have participated in the various space programs.

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