In case you missed the news, Dr. Sally Ride passed away on Monday. She was sixty-one years old.
Being that Ride was the first American woman to travel in outer space (as well as the youngest astronaut, aged 32 at her first flight), I heard a lot about her growing up on the Space Coast. She was a staple of Florida history classes and science lessons. As an adult, I have even more admiration for this remarkable woman and her legacy. She did much to break barriers for women in the sciences and provides a wonderful example for youth to look up to.
If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Ride, check out Sally Ride Science.