In this June 29, 2008 photo made available by the American Library Association, former astronaut Sally Ride, foreground, and Tam O-Shaughnessy discuss the role of women in science and how the earth's ... more 
In this June 29, 2008 photo made available by the American Library Association, former astronaut Sally Ride, foreground, and Tam O-Shaughnessy discuss the role of women in science and how the earth's climate is changing during an ALA conference in Anaheim, Calif. The pioneering astronaut, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. At the end of an obituary that she co-wrote with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, they disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years. As details trickled out after Ride's death on Monday, July 23, 2012, it became clear that a circle of family, friends and co-workers had long known of the same-sex relationship and embraced it. For many millions of others, who admired Ride as the first American woman in space, it was a revelation - and it sparked a spirited discussion about privacy vs. public candor in regard to sexual orientation. (AP Photo/American Library Association, Curtis Compton) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By American Library Association, Curtis Compton
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 2:50 PM EDT