Sally Ride, Trailblazing Astronaut, Dies at 61. Ride made change in a time when anything seemed possible in the U.S.--this country made some very real advances and achieved some amazing things back when we still gave a damn. Rest in peace, Dr. Ride.
By the way, the article notes that Ride married a fellow astronaut, whom she divorced, and was survived by her partner of 27 years. A woman partner. Some quick checking reveals that Ride and her partner were open about their relationship. It's a shame that the New York Times wasn't a bit more direct about this. That said, I suppose openly acknowledging that Ride was a lesbian would send out the xtain nasties to explain why science is bad for kids. God, this country is fucked up.