May 26th Sally Ride Day

Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to make it into space. She was a specialist aboard STS-7 on June 18th, 1983. (Man that seems so long ago) Though she passed in 2012, she will live on in history, and the memory of those interested in the American Space Program. We should celebrate anyone who is the first to do anything, but I wonder if she did it to be the first woman in space or just because that was her love and drive. I have to believe, knowing a little of what it takes to become and astronaut, that it was her life, not because she was a male or female. I believe anyone can do what they want in life but do it for the right reasons, not to just get the press.. which in the end means nothing to anyone. Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951 and spent her life accomplishing what she wanted from life.

How to celebrate – Study Sally Ride’s accomplishments. Honor the entire space program and all who worked so hard to accomplish it. Be all that you can be.

July 20th National Moon Day

July 20th National Moon Day

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Well for those of us that grew up before the Space Program came into vision, this day could mean an entirely different thing! However, that said, today we celebrate man’s first steps on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first there on July 20th 1969, Buzz Aldrin soon followed.

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They spent 2 and a half hours on the surface of the moon. It was quite an achievement, but of course there are those who say we never really got there. I believe we did.. so did Richard Nixon who, in 1971 as President, proclaimed the day but never followed up on it. Richard Christmas did, and the day was official recognized by Congress in 1975.

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How to celebrate – Imagine yourself on the moon. Learn the different meanings of the moon’s cycles. Read about the space programs.

May 26th National Sally Ride Day

Though many of us think of ourselves as Space Cadets, we will never make it into space. Dr. Sally Ride did. She was the Mission Specialist on STS-7 June 18th, 1983. She proved once and for all that a woman could do anything a man could do.

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The funny thing about it is, she probably didn’t even think twice about being a woman verses a man. Maybe she did, I wasn’t there so I don’t know. Unlike many women, or men, who try to prove they can do anything the other sex can do she had a reason, a job to do and she did it.

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Born May 26th, 1951… she spent a great deal of her life preparing herself for the position she finally achieved. She got the education, stayed physically fit and qualified herself for the position she eventually got. She did not get it simply because she was a woman.

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I have always believed a woman can do whatever a man can do. I honestly do not know a single person who does not believe that. Well, maybe one. The world needs more people like Sally Ride so that the separation between men and women can be minimized.

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So go on and celebrate National Sally Ride Day for whatever reason you want but remember, it was a position earned. She is a true American hero.

How to celebrate – Read about Sally Rides life. Find out the other women who have made it into the astronaut program. Study the women who have made history.

May 26th Sally Ride Day

The first American woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride was a mission specialist on STS-7, the Challenger shuttle craft, 1983.  The physical rigors required to serve as an astronaut are daunting. That’s why military men are normally selected to be astronauts, but Sally Ride was able to match what any man could withstand and became the first woman in space after nearly three years of training.

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Born on May 26th, 1951, today was chosen to celebrate her accomplishments because it would be her birthday. Unfortunately she died in 2012 of cancer. She also went into space in 1984 and was training for her third flight when the Challenger disaster occurred.

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She was one of the few that supported the idea of a faulty o-ring causing the explosion. It did not make her particularly popular among the NASA upper management but she was right! Maybe her 343 hours in space gave her the leg up.

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It’s sad to think that our space program barely exists anymore. If it were not for the private companies now launching space craft people such as Sally Ride might be forgotten.

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How to celebrate – Remember Sally Ride by celebrating her birthday today. Watch any You Tube footage you can find of her in space. Check out all the other women who have served as astronauts.