Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sally Ride, 1951-2012
When I was in the 4th and 5th grades I was obsessed with space and space exploration. My heroes where the men and women who put their lives at risk and did what I could only dream of doing. Astronauts like Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn, and Sally Ride where who I wanted to be like when I grew up.
I wanted more than anything to go to space camp those years, but we never had the money for it. Instead I put puzzles together of the milky way, read every book I could get my hands on, and dreamt that one day I would get to follow in those footsteps. That day never happened, but that never slowed my interest or passion for the subject.
Millions of other kids have shared that dream, a lot of them in my generation, because of Sally Ride. She gave all of us, especially young girls, the inspiration to dream big. She is one of my personal heroes and for that inspiration, she will always have my gratitude.
She will be rememberd for what she did, but her legacy will live on in the millions of young people who got into the sciences because of the example she gave us to follow.