Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
We bid a sad farewell to the first American woman ever to blast off into space.
Sally ride has passed away at age 61 leaving behind an incredible legacy for everyone who wants to reach for the stars -- -- them more from the breaking news desperate.
Well John -- -- -- was a physicist who stumbled upon an -- that NASA was looking to -- its next team of astronauts she read the job requirements and thought to herself hey I'm one of those people and she beat out five other women when she was picked for her first shuttle mission she was 32 when she wrote -- -- space on the Space Shuttle Challenger that was 1983.
She would fly in -- second mission in the following year since then more than forty other American women have flown in space.
She literally changed the face of the US space program and President Obama said Sally was a national hero.
And a powerful role model she inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars.
When she was introduced to the media before her first mission she was peppered with questions about from reporters who were skeptical that a woman would be able to -- -- in space but her male colleagues had nothing but praise for her intellect and her professionalism.
She opened a door and in fact I would just -- him today.
When she left a door short close because she's still opened doors to young women around the country that's what she was doing she was.
Very interested in in an encouraging young women today to get involved in science technology and may have -- -- -- Ra I was a very private person only a few people knew that she was suffering from the pancreatic cancer that eventually took her life.
And it wasn't until reading her obituary today that it became public news that ride it had a 27 -- -- relationship with a female partner that partner ten emotional honesty helps to run Sally ride science tool which will continue her legacy by providing science based programs for school --
Filter by section