Hello SK fans,
Today we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the first American woman to travel in space.
The late Sally Ride is credited with that incredible accomplishment aboard the Space Shuttle “Challenger,” way back in 1983.
Note: My Pub’s space career launched 11 years earlier, but was rather brief. It began and ended with a 1972 dance recital where she performed on stage as a space cadet. Really! There are photos. It was an easy gig – my pub playing a space cadet – because she could just be herself.
Back to our star, Sally Ride.
Aside from being an almost-pro tennis player, Sally was a student of English and physics at Stanford University in the late 1970s when she came across an advertisement by NASA that was seeking female astronaut candidates. On a whim, Sally applied and forewent a pro-tennis career in exchange for an intense training program for space travel.
We already know she was selected. Once onboard, she was responsible for placing satellites in outer space. So, now whenever you use a satellite – which we all do hundreds of times each day – you can thank Sally for placing it there.
Sally eventually left NASA and taught Physics at her alma mater and University of California San Diego. She and her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy wrote young adult books about space and science. She also founded “Sally Ride Science,” a program to encourage girls and women to study science. How fabulous is that!
Sally was also inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Sadly, My Pub was not – at least not yet.
Sally died in July 2012 from pancreatic cancer. She was young, 61, but proved one can accomplish many things, including space travel, if one just takes chances.
We enjoyed writing today’s upbeat post. There is just something so uplifting about learning about accomplished people. Hope you enjoy reading it, xo, LMA