Monday, July 23, 2012
Astronaut Sally Ride today joined the ranks of the Fallen. Famous for being the first American woman in space, she passed away from pancreatic cancer. It angers me that she was never able to go beyond Earth orbit. That the opportunities for someone as bright as her essentially stopped at the upper atmosphere of Earth. Imagine if she could have had a "double first," not only as the first American woman in space, but also the first woman on the Moon or Mars. If we had had a space program run by visionaries, instead of being controlled by the muckeaters who think of space as a "hobby" and not realizing that it is the single most important endeavor that humanity has ever undertaken. When will we next set foot on the Moon? Will any of the Apollo astronauts still be alive to see it? Will any of the original shuttle astronauts? I don't know.