GRAIL Impact Site Named After Astronaut Sally Ride

sally.rideYesterday, NASA announced the impact site created by Ebb and Flow, the spacecraft in the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, would be named after Sally Ride. Sally Ride passed away last July, and was the first American woman, and lesbian, in space. She was incredible inspiration and role model for women and girls everywhere, and will always remain so.

Here’s an excerpt from NASA’s press release:

“Sally was all about getting the job done, whether it be in exploring space, inspiring the next generation, or helping make the GRAIL mission the resounding success it is today,” said GRAIL principal investigator Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “As we complete our lunar mission, we are proud we can honor Sally Ride’s contributions by naming this corner of the moon after her.”

The impact marked a successful end to the GRAIL mission, which was NASA’s first planetary mission to carry cameras fully dedicated to education and public outreach. Ride, who died in July after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, led GRAIL’s MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) Program through her company, Sally Ride Science, in San Diego.

[…] “Sally Ride worked tirelessly throughout her life to remind all of us, especially girls, to keep questioning and learning,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. “Today her passion for making students part of NASA’s science is honored by naming the impact site for her.”

You can read the rest of the press release by clicking here.

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