Sally Ride died today. For those of you who don’t know, she was the first American woman in space. In my late teens she was the person I looked up to the most. Suddenly science was fun, not just something I HAD to study. I think I learned more about the planets, the solar system and the universe in the two years following her flight than I had all through school, because now I wanted to learn it. R.I.P Sally Ride. You were one of my heros.