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Florida Voices: Sally Ride

July 23, 2012 - 6:00pm

Florida Voices on the passing on Sally Ride, Americas first woman in space:

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando

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 first female astronaut, Sally Ride. A pioneer and inspiration to girls everywhere, she'll be missed."

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. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens

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 Sallys memory to continue dedicating our country toward the research that was near and dear to her heart.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

"Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism and literally changed the face of Americas space program.

"The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally's family and the many she inspired. She will be missed, but her star will always shine brightly."

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver

Sally was a personal and professional role model to me and thousands of women around the world.

Her spirit and determination will continue to be an inspiration for women everywhere.

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