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Ride, Sally, Ride. Florida remembers a pioneer



sally_250.jpegReaction to the death of Sally Ride, who blasted off into space from Cape Canaveral on June 18, 1983.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson: "Sally Ride was one of the great pioneers as the first American woman in space. The whole nation was with her when she launched,  lifting her up on a chorus of ‘Ride, Sally, Ride.’ ”

Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Orlando: "Very sorry to see the passing of our 1st female astronaut, Sally Ride. A pioneer and inspiration to girls everywhere, she'll be missed."

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami: “It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of space pioneer Sally K. Ride. As the first American woman in space, Sally inspired a generation of young women to reach for the stars. I remember watching on TV on June 18, 1983 when Sally made history, and many students pursued careers in the sciences because of her. As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, it is my mission to continue to advance STEM education and space exploration. I hope that Congress uses Sally’s memory to continue dedicating our country toward the research that was near and dear to her heart.”

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland: "RIP Sally Ride. A hero for millions of young women throughout the country and a true American patriot."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio: "I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Sally Ride. Dr. Ride was not only the first American woman in space, but she was the youngest person to reach space at age 32. She inspired a generation of young women by breaking barriers that proved they too could be astronauts and scientists. After reaching space, she continued working to encourage young girls to pursue science and math degrees, planting the seeds of greatness for many young women."


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