July 20th Moon Day

Today marks the first time man set foot on the moon, July 20th, 1969. It was Neil Armstrong who stepped out of the Lunar Module “Eagle” saying, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” He was a part of the Apollo 11 flight, along with Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin Jr., who made the historic landing, planting the American flag on the Moon! So every night that you look up at the moon, remember today and the landing made by those astronauts over 50 years ago.

How to celebrate – Watch the Moon. Imagine yourself an astronaut. Review footage NASA released on the landing.


May 26th Sally Ride Day

Sally Ride was the first female American astronaut, third female over-all, and the youngest woman at 32, to be launched into outer space. She was a port of the STS-7 crew of June 18th, 1983. May 26th was her birthday, 1951. She was a physicist as well as an astronaut who opened the doors for other female astronauts in the American space program. She died in 2012 after a 17 month battle with cancer.

How to celebrate – Read about Sally Ride’s accomplishments. Find out how many other women made it into the space program. Learn about the Russian women in space.

November 28th Red Planet Day

Of course the Red Planet is Mars but did you know the planet is probably not really red? It appears Red to us because of the filters used to take pictures of it. Today remembers the first spaceship launch to view Mars closer, the Mariner 4. It was launched November 28th, 1964, traveling to 6,118 miles off the surface of Mars on July 14th, 1965. Today there is renewed interest in reaching Mars and seeing if there is anything of use there for mankind.

How to celebrate – Set up a telescope and see if you can find Mars. Read about NASA. Read about all the planets in our Solar System.

May 26th Sally Ride Day

Today we celebrate the accomplishments of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. She was a part of the “Challenger”, STS-7, in 1983. Most of the American Astronauts had been men serving in the military prior to Ms. Ride. She went through the same training as men and had to become as qualified to be a part of the crew as anyone else. She was the Challenger’s physicist for STS-7 and STS-41-G. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1951 she unfortunate died of cancer in 2012.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Sally Ride. Read about NASA. Learn about the requirements to become an astronaut.

May 26th Sally Ride Day

Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to make it into space. She was a specialist aboard STS-7 on June 18th, 1983. (Man that seems so long ago) Though she passed in 2012, she will live on in history, and the memory of those interested in the American Space Program. We should celebrate anyone who is the first to do anything, but I wonder if she did it to be the first woman in space or just because that was her love and drive. I have to believe, knowing a little of what it takes to become and astronaut, that it was her life, not because she was a male or female. I believe anyone can do what they want in life but do it for the right reasons, not to just get the press.. which in the end means nothing to anyone. Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951 and spent her life accomplishing what she wanted from life.

How to celebrate – Study Sally Ride’s accomplishments. Honor the entire space program and all who worked so hard to accomplish it. Be all that you can be.

May 3rd International and National Space Day

May 3rd National & International Space Day

This holiday always falls on the first Friday in May. It was created by the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997 to honor all the accomplishments made in space, and those still to be made in the future. John Glenn helped make the day an International holiday. Space is our newest frontier. It’s hard to say what we may yet discover and how it will help man but there is little doubt that it will be a part of our future.

How to celebrate – Visit NASA. Read about all the new Space Programs that are operating today. Read about the requirements it takes to be an astronaut.

May 26th National Sally Ride Day

Though many of us think of ourselves as Space Cadets, we will never make it into space. Dr. Sally Ride did. She was the Mission Specialist on STS-7 June 18th, 1983. She proved once and for all that a woman could do anything a man could do.


The funny thing about it is, she probably didn’t even think twice about being a woman verses a man. Maybe she did, I wasn’t there so I don’t know. Unlike many women, or men, who try to prove they can do anything the other sex can do she had a reason, a job to do and she did it.

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Born May 26th, 1951… she spent a great deal of her life preparing herself for the position she finally achieved. She got the education, stayed physically fit and qualified herself for the position she eventually got. She did not get it simply because she was a woman.


I have always believed a woman can do whatever a man can do. I honestly do not know a single person who does not believe that. Well, maybe one. The world needs more people like Sally Ride so that the separation between men and women can be minimized.

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So go on and celebrate National Sally Ride Day for whatever reason you want but remember, it was a position earned. She is a true American hero.

How to celebrate – Read about Sally Rides life. Find out the other women who have made it into the astronaut program. Study the women who have made history.

May 26th Sally Ride Day

The first American woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride was a mission specialist on STS-7, the Challenger shuttle craft, 1983.  The physical rigors required to serve as an astronaut are daunting. That’s why military men are normally selected to be astronauts, but Sally Ride was able to match what any man could withstand and became the first woman in space after nearly three years of training.


Born on May 26th, 1951, today was chosen to celebrate her accomplishments because it would be her birthday. Unfortunately she died in 2012 of cancer. She also went into space in 1984 and was training for her third flight when the Challenger disaster occurred.

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She was one of the few that supported the idea of a faulty o-ring causing the explosion. It did not make her particularly popular among the NASA upper management but she was right! Maybe her 343 hours in space gave her the leg up.


It’s sad to think that our space program barely exists anymore. If it were not for the private companies now launching space craft people such as Sally Ride might be forgotten.


How to celebrate – Remember Sally Ride by celebrating her birthday today. Watch any You Tube footage you can find of her in space. Check out all the other women who have served as astronauts.