Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, passed away a little over two years ago. This past Thursday, Lynn Sherr – Ride's friend, and author of the recently published biography on the late astronaut – stopped by the Colbert Report to talk about Ride's role as a feminist, scientist, and role model.

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Every so often, Colbert will let some genuine respect and admiration peek through the blowhard persona he puts on for his show. This is one of those times:

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Love it.

[The Colbert Report via The Mary Sue]