Friday, July 19, 2019

50TH Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Trailblazer: Poppy Northcutt

50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!
July 20, 1969-July 20, 2019

INCREDIBLE.That's the only word I can use to describe the accomplishment of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Mission to the Moon! In the 1960's President Kennedy declared America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.The plan to land a man on the moon, let alone by 1970, sounded like such a fairy tale. 

Trying to achieve such a goal sounded foolish given we had nothing to go on about space and rockets and lunar landers and even if a human being could live in the environs of outer space. Everything was just one big fat question mark. Only brilliant, courageous, determined, hard-working men and women could pull it off. AND they did! For all of us! We couldn't take our eyes off our TV's watching NASA's every planned step that would land us on the moon. 

Frances "Poppy" Northcutt was a part of the team on that mission to the moon in the 1960's. As the first woman engineer to work in NASA's Mission Control, her job was to calculate the return-to-Earth trajectories.  In the video below, Poppy talks about how the simulations with the astronauts in the capsule located in the building, not in space, tested everyone with training exercises. She was actually surprised at how well the actual Apollo 11flight went after having worked through so many possibilities of failure.
Image by Pexels from Pixabay 

The moon landing is one of the most significant events in the 20th century and one that brought all Americans together cheering for the amazing outcome of Neil Armstrong actually climbing down the 3.5 foot long ladder to leave his footprint on the moon's surface. Next, astronaut Buzz Aldrin joined him on the ground and planted the American flag.


Apollo 11 mission control's Poppy Northcutt on being "part of history," 1969

Congratulations to those who made this what seemed an improbable mission a reality! Congratulations to the NASA Team USA!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Image by Ernesto Rodriguez from Pixabay 
What a time! We were thrilled and excited when Team USA played all the way to the win on Sunday, July 7 in Lyon, France. Both teams were fierce players giving it their all, but at the end of the game, Rose Lavelle blasted the soccer ball past the Netherlands goalie to win the game--USA 2 Netherlands 1. 

Rose has played soccer ever since she was in grade school. Her dream was to play in the World Cup and she did it! Did she ever!

Take a peek at Rose Lavelle's journey playing soccer. The support she received from her hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio, led her to achieve her dream and her place in the history of Women's U.S. Soccer.

YOUTUBE VIDEO: The Journey: Rose Lavelle
Video produced by U.S. Soccer

You can achieve your dream too!
Dream BIG!!!
Painting courtesy of Julie McKendrie
What is your Big Dream? Share it below in the comment section below. Thank you.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is On!

UPDATE: July 6, 2019-- Team USA will play the Netherlands Team on Sunday, July 7. This will be a fantastic game. Good luck to all the players!!
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Heads up! The world is watching this month--the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The games are in full gear in Paris, France. This amazing gathering of talented women is there to play soccer with all their skills and heart. The USA calls the game soccer, the world calls it football.

VIDEO: FIFA World Cup Mascot

Wishing the women of the world good luck and exciting action on a memorable journey to win the World Cup!

Do you love playing soccer? 
Will you watch the Women's World Cup games?
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