24 Jul '12, 3pm

Sally Ride pushed us to understand our climate and our world

Sally Ride pushed us to understand our climate and our world

Those of us who grew up in the Space Shuttle era remember watching tiny, scratchy televisions on various mornings, at home or in school; remember the adrenaline of seeing that odd craft sitting on the launchpad. That visual is the one that sticks because it’s the one we watched the most. A shuttle launch for us was all about the promise, the build-up. It’s coming, it’s coming. Five minutes. One minute. 30 seconds. You have X amount of time before something spectacular happens. Sally Ride on the flight deck of Challenger. (Photo by NASA.) Sally Ride lived a life of inspiration, engagement, exhortation. Her first trip into space was an accomplishment that lasted beyond that initial spark of the engines, a rare flight for which the anticipation of the launch was only a precursor to what we would learn and experience and appreciate. She was not only the first American woman to...

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