Saturday, June 18, 2005

All she wants to do is ride around, Sally

Twenty-two years ago today, Dr. Sally K. Ride became the first American woman in space.

During her career as a shuttle astronaut, Dr. Ride logged a total of 344 hours of spaceflight over two missions. She has since served as a member of the investigative teams that reviewed the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. She is currently a physics professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Mostly, we here at SSTOL admire Dr. Ride for managing to get mentioned in Wilson Pickett's 1966 rhythm and blues classic, Mustang Sally, more than a decade before anyone knew what a space shuttle was. Anyone who rates a nod from the Wicked Pickett is way cool in our book.

Ride, Sally, Ride.

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