Sally Ride

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Today FYFD takes a brief aside from fluid dynamics to mark the passing of Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman to travel to space. A physicist by training, Ride served as a mission specialist on STS-7 and STS-41G, shuttle missions that included deploying satellites as well as conducting scientific experiments.  After her career with NASA, Ride returned to physics as a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego and dedicated herself to motivating children and young adults–most especially women–to pursue careers in science, math, and engineering.  She was an inspiration and role model to more than a generation; her courage and her passion for science touched many lives, including my own.  Godspeed, Dr. Ride.

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