NJ Plumbers & NJ Air Conditioning Technicians Mourn the Loss of a National Treasure
Sadly, the first woman from the United States of America to ever step into space, Sally Ride, has passed away at the age of 61 after battling pancreatic cancer for more than one and a half years. She died on her own bed in her house located in San Diego. According to the spokesperson of Sally Ride Science, Terry McEntee stated that she was always a secretive person and this is why all of the details about her battle with cancer were not known to the public.
Sally Ride entered space onboard Challenger. That was back in 1983 and she was 32 years old at that time. She is the first of forty-two women from the U.S.A to step foot in outer space, as stated by NASA.
President Obama has commented on this by saying that Sally Ride was a national heroine and she has successfully set herself as a strong role model for women all across the states. She has shown all the women in America that it is within their power to not only reach for the stars but also to be among them.
Charles Bolden, the administrator of NASA who was an astronaut has stated that Sally Ride succeeded in breaking through barriers and obstacles with her professionalism and grace. He also stated that America has indeed suffered the loss of one of its explorers, leaders and teachers. She was a physicist and she was the author of 5 books related to science for children and she was also a professor of physics in the University of California located in San Diego. As if this was not enough, she was also the head of her own company, Sally Ride Science.
Sally Ride visited outer space two times. Both of them were onboard Challenger. One was in 1983 and the other was in 1984. She spent a total sum of hours of three hundred and forty three hours in space.
She was going to pay a 3rd visit to space but her trip got canceled due to the explosion of Challenger back in 1986. She was part of the committee that was tasked to investigate the explosion and she was also a part of the panel that investigated the accident that happened in 2003, the accident of Columbia.
The twentieth celebration of her first trip to space coincided with the loss of the shuttle Columbia. She has stated during an interview that it is very sad and depressing for her to celebrate this happy memory by investigating such an accident that resulted in the death of 7 astronauts. She also said that by looking at this from a different angle, “I am helping improve the program to make sure that such accident never happens again.”