Tuesday, 26 May 2015 22:42

Google Celebrates Sally Ride, The First US Woman And The First Lesbian To Have Been In Space

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Today, if you are searching the internet using Google, you'll probably see the image that is on the side or another in memory of Sally Ride. Who is Sally Ride?

Sally Ride was the first American woman astronaut to have been in space and guess what? Sally was also the first, and so far the only lesbian to go up there.

Born in Los Angeles in May 1951, Sally Ride joined the NASA space program in 1977, becoming the first woman to be integrated in the program.

Hiding her homosexuality, at the time homosexuality was not decriminalized in all US states yet, Sally continued her career with NASA, which then driving to fly to space on June 18, 1983.

Four years later, she left the program and ended her career as a college professor, not hesitating to encourage girls to become interested in science and technology monopolized by men.

It's only when she died in July 2012, following a pancreatic cancer, that we learned about her relationship with Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner for 27 years.