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.

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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[The Colbert Report via The Mary Sue]