Astronaut Sally Ride's death — after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer — has unexpectedly aimed a spotlight on her life with partner Tam O'Shaughnessy, who was acknowledged in a message announcing Ride's passing as "her partner of 27 years." Previously, the pair had been identified as "good friends" but not as lovers; they met at age 12, playing tennis, and collaborated as scientists and writers.
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