Someone on reddit posted the link between the dog tag with Ryder on it, and the first american woman in space Sally Ride.
And, of course, Shepard was named for Alan Shepard, the first american man in space.
How perfect is that? How fucking beautiful is this shit?!
I can’t being to express how important and special it is to have someone like Ride acknowledged and recognized. And Alan Shepard, and fuck, everyone who’s taken the risk to advance space exploration. But, women in space, minorities in space - fuck yes pay homage to them!
Someone on that reddit post said they wanted to name their new character Valentina Ryder (after the first woman in space, Valentine Tereshkova). FUckING BRING IT. I’m so ON BOARD FOR THIS SHIT.
Svetlana Savitskaya , first woman to perform space walk
Judith Resnik , first Jewish-American woman in space, died during the Challenger disaster
Mae Jemison , first African-American woman in space
Ellen Ochoa , first Hispanic woman in space
Chiaki Mukai , first Japanese woman in space
Kalpana Chawla , first Indian-American woman in space
Someone fight me I can name my character after Sunita Williams, my favorite astronaut, and I know I could have done that before but this is SO DIFFERENT.