Explorers || Closed RP @ pikarafe

"Whoa! Wh-wh-whoa…! Are…are you okay?!”

CRASH. A slash of lightning momentarily broke the darkness.

"No! Don’t let go! Just a little longer…come on! Hang on!"

CRASH.

More lightning…a rapidly fading scream…and the cold, lurching grasp of the sea took over…

***

Consciousness returned in a rush of pain, the beating pulse of the ocean still thundering in her head. “Wh…where am I…?”

Her voice was hoarse and faint, her throat rubbed raw by the saltwater. She groaned, her eyes slitting open, and —

Since when was the sun so hideously bright?!

She recoiled from the glare, her head seared by another painful throb. All she had been able to make out was an expanse of sand and sky, all of it bleached nearly white by that awful, invasive sunlight…

Maybe if she had been stronger or more lucid, she would have noticed the changes in herself then and there. But as it was, she allowed herself to drift off again, comfortable darkness overpowering the agony…

June 18, 1983: Sally Ride Becomes the First American Woman in Space

On this day in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She was a mission specialist aboard the Challenger. She rode the space shuttle Challenger into orbit in 1983, but she was also a NASA adviser, a lifelong educator, and a founder of Sally Ride Science, a venture dedicated to inspiring and teaching young people, especially girls, about science and space.

Watch an NOVA’s uncut interview with the late astronaut, conducted at NASA in 1984.

Photo: NASA

Registration is now open for the next #ArchivesSleepover! Join us for “History, Heroes, and Treasures: Explorers Night” on August 2 at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.

Campers will journey to the Arctic, visit Outer Space, and discover the American West as they explore the National Archives Museum’s treasured records, before turning in to sleep in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, next to the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

For more information or to register, go to archivesfoundation.org/sleepover

Jan. 15, 1909: Shackleton’s Party Reaches the South Magnetic Pole

On this day in 1909, members of Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition party discovered the south magnetic pole. Shackleton, who had divided up the team, failed to reach the South Pole. Upon his return, Shackleton was still hailed as a hero for his grueling and groundbreaking expedition.

In 1914, he placed in a London newspaper seeking recruits for his 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

 ”MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON”

Watch Episode One of Chasing Shackleton, a new three-part series that follows a modern expedition that re-creates Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Photo: 1909 photo of the Nimrod Expedition (1907-09) to the Antarctic, led by Ernest Shackleton (Wikimedia Commons).

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