Sally Ride in space. image: commons.wikimedia.org |

*Challenger*disaster.

Ride was not a mathematician, but an astrophysicist. However, I'd like to take the time to chat briefly about mathematics as it relates to space.

More than 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Sumerians began to study the stars. As time passed and technology expanded, the Parallax Principle and trigonometry were employed to measure the distances to other worlds.

A visual representation of Minkowski Space |

NASA's website has many interesting resources for anyone who wants to learn about space. This page is perhaps my favorite that I've found so far- it's a collection of real life math problems. Maybe we'll borrow one for the Problem of the Week sometime!

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