It took brains to be a physicist.
It took nerves of steel to join the space program.
And it took brass balls to be able to crack the men's only club of going into space.
Not only was she the first American woman in space, she was the youngest person in space. She logged over 343 hours in space, both shuttle missions aboard the ill-fated Challenger.
Her awards and achievements did not end with her retirement from NASA, but she will be forever remembered for her accomplishments within it. Sally Ride died today from the very disease which will kill my father. She battled for over a year, but in the end pancreatic cancer almost always comes up the winner.
In tribute to one tough, smart and determined woman, let's taste a few songs celebrating the moon, the stars and of course...the Ride.
A little diversity today...
Frank Sinatra "Fly Me To The Moon" ...classic crooning from old blue eyes with a dedication to the astronauts of Apollo 11
Crosby, Stills & Nash "Dark Star" ...a nice live performance
Wilson Pickett "Mustang Sally" ...wicked indeed
Easy journey Sally, we know you can handle the blast off.