Sally Ride, the first American woman in space (And the third woman overall) passed away earlier today following an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer. It's an awful, horrible way to die for an American hero.
Lots of people will say lots of things about how inspirational she was and how much she affected the lives of an entire generation of women. That's undoubtedly true, and I'm not going to pretend I have anything to add to that. Some people are going to talk trash about her. Some of that may be true as well, but as R3 said to me earlier today:
"She strapped a rocket to her ass and rode fire. She's deserving of my respect."
Our prayers go out for her soul, and for her family.