Monday, July 23, 2012

A sad passing

Sally Ride, the first female US astronaut to go into space has passed away. For me, she was a part of a childhood that was filled with all kinds of firsts on the evening news. First instances of minorities holding various political offices and high private sector positions, and firsts for women in every field.

It was also the age of the space shuttle, which I was dearly fascinated with. One of the clearest memories I have is of getting up at 4:30 AM to watch the first shuttle launch with my father.

Photo courtesy of NASA, public domain 

So today definitely marks a bit of sad passing. The loss of a pioneer, as well as of a woman who became a dedicated educator and science booster after her retirement from NASA. And she was a symbol of decade in which a lot of progress played.

Located here is a gorgeous compilation of HD launch footage done by a shuttle enthusiast on YouTube. The best I've come across so far, with amazing sound quality. Also, some lovely HD launch footage from NASA of the shuttle Atlantis below.

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