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Amelia Earheart, and Sally Ride

Google Doodle on Amelia Earheart's 115th birthday.

RESEARCHES KEEP SEARCHING, but so far to no avail to find the exact spot where Amelia Earheart went down. Christian Science Monitor talks to both sides and commemorates her life and death and the mysteries that led to wondering where her crash happened so long ago.

TIGHAR researchers say that significant finds on Nikumaroro lead them to continue to believe Earhart and Noonan may have survived as castaways there for some time. They found a zipper from the 1930s, a cosmetic bottle– possibly for anti-freckle cream, and human bone fragments.

Other researchers who have been involved in searching for clues to Earhart’s disappearance say TIGHAR has been looking in the wrong place. Earhart, who was attempting to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, had planned to stop and refuel on Howland Island. Some say she wouldn’t have had enough fuel to make it to Nikumaroro, which is about 400 miles southeast of Howland Island.

It’s fitting to also remember another pioneering aviatrix, Sally Ride, who passed yesterday. She was gay and waited until her death to make that fact known.

Sally Ride, an astronaut and physicist who in 1983 became the first American woman sent into space and reluctantly served as an idol of feminist strength and a hero of women’s progress, died Monday at her home in La Jolla, Calif. She was 61. – Sally Ride was first American woman sent into space

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4 Responses to Amelia Earheart, and Sally Ride

  1. Joyce Arnold July 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I’m certain I’ll see continued progress, even of the dramatic kind, regarding LGBT equality. But I’m equally certain that, for as long as I live, I’ll continue seeing, and understanding, the choice of being selectively out.

    • fairmindedindependent July 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      As a kid, if Sally Ride was out then, It would have been nice to have a role model like her to look up too not just as a female icon but a gay icon too. But its always up to that person to decide to be out or not. But at least now gay kids and teens will have another role model to look up too and thats always a good thing. RIP Sally Ride

  2. Cujo359 July 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    the mysteries that led to wondering where her crash happened so long ago.

    Even though it was on radar until virtually the moment it hit the water, it still took days to find any trace of Air France 447 when it crashed a couple of years ago. That plane must have been fifty times the size of Earhart’s. Crash in the ocean, or in the jungle, and it’s quite likely you’ll never be found.

    Sad to read of Sally Ride’s passing.

  3. newdealdem1 July 25, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    RIP, Sally Ride! I remember the day she blast off into space. She was a great role model for girls and women alike.

    IMHO, ideally, it would be great if all of us who are homosexual could come out but life is not ideal especailly when Sally Ride was at her peak. I understand this and I will never criticize anyone for not wanting the spot light shown on them which in our culture can overwhelm and interfere in private lives. And, from every indication Sally Ride was a very private person. She was even uncomfortable with being labeled the first American woman in space. Sometimes who we are as people irregardless of our sexuality trumps all else. She doesn’t seem to be ashamed of who she was or of her life partner and her family, given their comments about her private life, embraced her and her partner with a lot of love.

    Amelia Earhart has captured my imagination since I first heard of her. What a great woman. There have been so many theories about her disappearance. I kind of agree with Cujo in that it’s quite likely we will never find out what happened to her and her navigator, Noonan, at least in my lifetime.

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