So I wrote a post a few months ago about how living in Houston opened my eyes to the banally evil culture of NASA and how unsettling it is to live in a city built explicitly on a war n’ oil/ military industrial economies. I stand by it, but I had the opportunity to indulge in some family entertainment out in Clear Lake City today, and it’s softened my heart a little to the dream of space science. Moreover, I was able to get beyond the cringeworthy Methodist mom look Lisa Nowak sported, and realize what it means for women to be part of the space program, and the underestimated genius of astronaut style.
Obviously, we have Dr. Sally Ride. First American woman in space, and hot stuff!
Judith Resnik (who sadly died in the Challenger), was quoted as saying “It doesn’t take an unfeminine woman to be an astronaut, or a hypermasculine unfeeling man… It’s about people in space!” What do they say about women named Judy all being feminists?
Mae Jemison, first African American woman in space, also very chic. She also guest-starred on ST:TNG.
Anna Tingle Fisher took a six-year leave of absence from NASA to raise her kids. Yay for NASA and family flexibility.
More recent women astronauts include Joan Higginbotham, a proud Delta who brought a DST founder’s banner on board the shuttle.
So this fall, timeless Space Woman style! Hair has to be neat (think zero gravity!) – bobs, shags. Bomber jackets, polo shirts, patches, aviator glasses, long underwear. Lots of powder blue, navy, olive green and orange!