Astronaut Sally Ride and the Burden of Being The First.
'Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them. At every turn, her difference was made clear to her. When it was announced Ride had been named to a space flight mission, her shuttle commander, Bob Crippen, who became a lifelong friend and colleague, introduced her as “undoubtedly the prettiest member of the crew.” At another press event, a reporter asked Ride how she would react to a problem on the shuttle: “Do you weep?”'
Some time late tonight or early tomorrow morning, NASA's UARS
(a satellite deployed in 1991 to study the ozone layer) will fall to the Earth
. The odds of it hitting you
are about 1 in 20 trillion, but the odds of it hitting somebody somewhere is about 1 in 3,200
. The Planetary Society Blog has a nice writeup
as well. Follow along yourself with NASA
or the Center for Orbital Reentry Debris Studies
. [more inside]
NASA - The Frontier Is Everywhere.
A NASA promo video made by a fan. Narration edit and music taken from an older video
, though the words are obviously originally by Carl Sagan, from A Pale Blue Dot
). [more inside]