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Astronaut Sally Ride has died

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by genevieve, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

  2. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    RIP, Dr. Ride.
    She was a true pioneer, in many ways.
  3. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    :mad: :mad: I HATE CANCER :mad: :mad:
  4. FunnyBut

    FunnyBut Well-Known Member

    So very sad. I still remember her on the cover of Time.

    I didn't realize she was a Lesbian, that she met her partner when she was 12 and shared their professional lives too. All very cool:cool:
  5. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

    Sadly, I wonder if WBC will picket her funeral. :shuffle:
  6. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    Let 'em try.

    RIP Sally. :(
  7. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    RIP, Sally. Your life was very inspirational, if much too short. :(
  8. attyfan

    attyfan Well-Known Member

    Rest in peace.
  9. soxxy

    soxxy Guest

    RIP Sally Ride.
  10. Oreo

    Oreo Well-Known Member

    I am a bit in shock. Sally Ride always seemed like one of those invincible women.

    This is second pancreatic cancer death in the last few days. Angharad Rees, who played the part of Demelza in the series Poldark, also died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18940018

    rip to both wonderful ladies
  11. Nan

    Nan Just me, retired

    I agree. We lose too many wonderful people to this horrible thing.

    RIP Sally. :(
  12. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

    RIP :(
  13. Simone411

    Simone411 FSU Uber fan

    My condolences to her family. RIP, Sally.
  14. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    I'm with you.
    I lost my father to pancreatic cancer in 1998.
  15. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    That is so sad, she was young :(
  16. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

    RIP to a great American pioneer. :(
  17. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    Hugs for you. I lost both my little boy and my dad to cancer within one year, and many other friends along the way. Cancer STINKS big time. :(

    I didn't realize Sally Ride was that old. She sure didn't look it.
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  18. cygnus

    cygnus Well-Known Member

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of, wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.

    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
    And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God

    (John Gillespie Magee 1922-1941)
  19. Bailey_

    Bailey_ Guest

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Gone way too soon...
  20. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    That wonderful iconic poem is called High Flight and after the Columbia disaster, one of the Cross Stitch chart companies out there used it for a tribute/memorial design. I think this is right, as it's been awhile since I've seen a picture of it, but in the upper right corner is a Shuttle coming home on approach and underneath Columbia and the date. In the lower left corner is a Shuttle launching and Challenger and the date. It really did look gorgeous and a really classy tribute to both crews that were lost so tragically.

    This is the perfect place and time for a posting of what is one of my all time favourite poems. it's just beyond sad the reason for it though.

    I was so stunned when I heard the news on the 6pm newscast earlier tonight. I remember when Dr. Ride's Mission happened and following it in school due to just how historic it was. She truly was an inspiration to so many and did so much in her short life. Not only will her legacy be breaking that barrier for Female Astronauts, but also for all she did to try and get young girls interested in Science.

    Godspeed Dr. Ride and rest in peace. :(

    And nubka, I've also lost too many family members and friends due to this horrible scourge of a disease. I am so sorry about your Dad and little boy. ((((HUGS))))
  21. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    Thank you for posting this. High Flight is one of my favorite poems. Amazing that it was written by an aviator who sadly died at the age of 19 (in a flying accident).

    RIP, Ms. Ride.
  22. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Gone too soon, and from such a horrible disease. :( RIP, Sally.
  23. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

    And put into song form by John Denver, ironically.
  24. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    "High Flight" is a perfect tribute to her, cygnus.
  25. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    President Reagan quoted High Flight when eulogizing the Challenger crew. It gets used quite a bit. It's also engraved on the memorial to the Apollo One crew here in Jackson, MI (Roger Chaffee, who was to the LM pilot on that flight, was from Michigan.) IIRC, the poet was killed not long after writing it. I had Sally Ride's book for kids ("To Space and Back") and she dedicated it to the last Challenger crew.

    Most cancer sucks. Pancreatic sucks a lot. They usually never catch it until it's too late. Hopefully she didn't suffer much. That's the cancer that really needs walk-a-thons and research-funding drives.
  26. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member