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Well John -- -- I was a physicist who stumbled upon an ad that NASA was looking to hire its next team of astronauts.
She read the job requirements and thought to yourself 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 in -- space on the Space Shuttle Challenger that was 1983.
She would fly in a second -- 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 the door and in fact I would just thank him today.
When she left a door short close because she's still open doors to young women around the country that's what she was doing that she was.
Very interested in in an encouraging young women today to get involved in -- technology and -- -- commissioner.
-- 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 -- ride it had a 27 year long relationship with a female partner.
That partner Tamil Shaughnessy helps to run Sally ride science will which will continue her legacy.
By providing science based programs for school kids around the country right.
He's going to be missed.
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