First Woman Astronaut Sally Ride Receives Posthumous Medal of Freedom

It’s been one hell of a year. We’ve seen it all—both good and bad. And for this week, we’re reminding you of some of the defining moments of 2013.

Image via Alan C. Heison

Image via Alan C. Heison

Sally Ride, the first woman in space and lesbian, received the Medal of Freedom honor from President Obama this week—an unusual honor since Ride passed away in July 2012. Obama said:

We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women. Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve, and I look forward to welcoming her family to the White House as we celebrate her life and legacy.

 

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