The following is an article by Sally Ride, America's first woman astronaut who passed-away July 23 at the age of 61, describing the beauty of the Earth as viewed from orbit. This article was recently reprinted in Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine, from an earlier edition of the magazine.
Single Room, Earth View
America's first woman in space describes the beauty of Earth from orbit.
- By Sally Ride
- Air & Space magazine, July 2012
Everyone I've met has a glittering, if vague, mental image of space travel. And naturally enough, people want to hear about it from an astronaut: “How did it feel?” “What did it look like?” “Were you scared?” Sometimes, the questions come from reporters, their pens poised and their recorders silently sucking in the words; sometimes, it’s wide-eyed, 10-year-old girls who want answers. I find a way to answer all of them, but it’s not easy.
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