Ladies in Space
I was sad to hear the news yesterday, that Sally Ride died after losing her battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.
Ride made history by flying on the Challenger shuttle, June 18, 1983 becoming the first American woman in space. She was also America's youngest person in orbit.
Ride lived a fairly quiet life despite her space cred. Ride wrote children's space books and taught physics at UC San Diego. She started a company with the help of her partner of 27 years, Dr. Tam O'Shaugnessy, called Sally Ride for Science. The program encourages students to persue science, tech, engineering and math.
Anyway, the whole women in space thing got me thinking. At first, mostly about Roberta Bondar.
Bondar was Canada's first female astronaut and first neuroligist in space. She's got quite an impressive resume and is truly an inspiration and steadfast Canadian icon.
Moving down an atmosphere, or two. Today marks the 115 anniversary of Amelia Earhart's birthday.
Today is also Lynda Carter's birthday. The Wonder Woman turns 61 today.
And just to throw one more space lady your way, this story making the rounds yesterday about Kaitlyn Leeb, a Toronto actress who is garnering a lot of attention for her role in the new-old Total Recall movie which comes out next week. Not sure why.
See how I go from something sad and inspiring to boobs?