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CantALoop
07-24-2012, 01:12 AM
RIP to a great American pioneer. :(

nubka
07-24-2012, 01:41 AM
I'm with you.
I lost my father to pancreatic cancer in 1998.

Hugs for you. I lost both my little boy and my dad to cancer within one year, and many other friends along the way. Cancer STINKS big time. :(

I didn't realize Sally Ride was that old. She sure didn't look it.

cygnus
07-24-2012, 02:51 AM
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward Iíve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of, wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovíring there,
Iíve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
Iíve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God

(John Gillespie Magee 1922-1941)

Bailey_
07-24-2012, 04:44 AM
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward Iíve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of, wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovíring there,
Iíve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
Iíve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God

(John Gillespie Magee 1922-1941)

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Gone way too soon...

AragornElessar
07-24-2012, 05:09 AM
That wonderful iconic poem is called High Flight and after the Columbia disaster, one of the Cross Stitch chart companies out there used it for a tribute/memorial design. I think this is right, as it's been awhile since I've seen a picture of it, but in the upper right corner is a Shuttle coming home on approach and underneath Columbia and the date. In the lower left corner is a Shuttle launching and Challenger and the date. It really did look gorgeous and a really classy tribute to both crews that were lost so tragically.

This is the perfect place and time for a posting of what is one of my all time favourite poems. it's just beyond sad the reason for it though.

I was so stunned when I heard the news on the 6pm newscast earlier tonight. I remember when Dr. Ride's Mission happened and following it in school due to just how historic it was. She truly was an inspiration to so many and did so much in her short life. Not only will her legacy be breaking that barrier for Female Astronauts, but also for all she did to try and get young girls interested in Science.

Godspeed Dr. Ride and rest in peace. :(

And nubka, I've also lost too many family members and friends due to this horrible scourge of a disease. I am so sorry about your Dad and little boy. ((((HUGS))))

skateboy
07-24-2012, 05:21 AM
Entire post

Thank you for posting this. High Flight is one of my favorite poems. Amazing that it was written by an aviator who sadly died at the age of 19 (in a flying accident).

RIP, Ms. Ride.

paskatefan
07-24-2012, 10:22 AM
Gone too soon, and from such a horrible disease. :( RIP, Sally.

Karina1974
07-24-2012, 12:32 PM
Thank you for posting this. High Flight is one of my favorite poems. Amazing that it was written by an aviator who sadly died at the age of 19 (in a flying accident).


And put into song form by John Denver, ironically.

skatesindreams
07-24-2012, 04:10 PM
"High Flight" is a perfect tribute to her, cygnus.

danceronice
07-25-2012, 01:21 AM
President Reagan quoted High Flight when eulogizing the Challenger crew. It gets used quite a bit. It's also engraved on the memorial to the Apollo One crew here in Jackson, MI (Roger Chaffee, who was to the LM pilot on that flight, was from Michigan.) IIRC, the poet was killed not long after writing it. I had Sally Ride's book for kids ("To Space and Back") and she dedicated it to the last Challenger crew.

Most cancer sucks. Pancreatic sucks a lot. They usually never catch it until it's too late. Hopefully she didn't suffer much. That's the cancer that really needs walk-a-thons and research-funding drives.

skatesindreams
07-26-2012, 03:23 PM
This article is very interesting:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/opinion/darrah-sally-ride-lesbian/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

The articles linked within it are worth reading also.