July 24th, 2012
Today, Sally Ride passed away.
To the best of my knowledge, she is the first woman astronaut to have died.
The end result is that watching "The Dream Is Alive" is even weirder now since Challenger, Dick Scobee, and Sally Ride feature prominently in it.
One thing I am quietly pleased about: No one is making a big deal of the fact that she was a lesbian. She didn't make a big deal out of it in life. I'm sure she'd much rather be known as the first American woman in space and for all the work she did in popularizing science than who she chose to sleep with.
|Date:||July 24th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)|| |
ride, sally, ride.
|Date:||September 8th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)|| |
Not the first...
If you are including only women who are astronauts, then both Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark are on that list. Both died during the disintegration of the Columbia.
If you are including women who died in space, or as part of a NASA mission in space, then you should also include Christa McAuliffe.
|Date:||September 9th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Not the first...
I hesitate to use the phrase "natural causes" because it seems to me that burning up during re-entry or plummeting a great distance could be ascribed to "natural causes".
I presume however that without further verbiage, you understand the distinction and my intention.