Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ride, Sally Ride (Skywatch Friday)


     Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, turns 60 today. I so admired her when I watched her with the loose, curly hair floating in space. Thanks, Sally, for taking me along on a fantastic virtual ride.
     I had a chance to hear a talk Ms. Ride gave 2 years ago to a mixed audiance of middle schoolers, educators, and scientists/ engineers, encouraging everyone to help girls to excel in math and science in the early grades.
     The photo is of the Challenger memorial in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles) dedicated to the revered Col. El Onizuka, the 1st Japanese American astronaut selected for the space program, and who died in the 1986 Challenger accident.

11 comments:

raf said...

Great post, Tash! Thanks for the info about Sally Ride and the Col. Onizuka memorial.

Sylvia K said...

I can only repeat what Raf has written, Tash, thank you for the info about Sally Ride and the Col. Onizuka memorial. I remember them both and really appreciate your post for the day. Thank you for your visit/comment! Always appreciated!

Sylvia

Jidhu Jose said...

nice sky shot
happy SWF

Skywatch

Pretty Life Online said...

great post for skywatch... Have a great weekend! Hoping you can visit my skywatch post.

Linnea said...

What a cool shot you're sharing with us! If I'm ever in Little Tokyo, I'll be sure to visit this.

Babzy said...

great picture and story :)

brattcat said...

what a powerful composition.

Mister Earl said...

I've always thought it was so cool that Sally Ride's name fit right into the lyrics of Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally," from which you took your title: "All you wanna do is ride around, Sally. Ride, Sally, ride."

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful homage for this wonderful lady!
And your picture is fabulous!
Léia

Louis la Vache said...

She is indeed an inspiration.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Dynamic angle to this photo.