I want you to know that a wonderful Scientist Dr.Sally Ride passed away too soon today at the age of 61 after a courageous battle with cancer. As most of you know she was the first American Woman Astronaut. She had trained as a Physicist and accomplished a life-long dream of becoming an astronaut in 1977. She worked hard to become one of 35 people chosen from 8,000 applicants. During her life she inspired many children to study Science and hoped that they would also follow in her footsteps. Dr. Sally Ride was a true American Hero.