Meet Wendy B. Lawrence, Mission Specialist for the upcoming Space Shuttle Mission STS-114:
Go Wendy! (photo from official NASA website)
Wendy was on the news yesterday. I didn't hear what she had to say, unfortunately - I had the volume turned down as I talked to one of my sisters. But I knew she was preparing for the upcoming shuttle mission (scheduled for July.) I'm really glad to see the shuttle missions restarting, and it does my heart good to see two women in this new crew. Captain Lawrence is a naval aviator, along with being an astronaut, according to her impressive resume. And I'm pleased to say she's a member of the Women Military Aviators organization, which my mom belonged to, as well. I always recall with pride the comments from one of the first female astronauts at the dedication of the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial at Arlington - had the WASP not broken the barrier for women pilots in WWII, there might be no women astronauts today.
But, I have to admit, the first thing that struck me about Wendy wasn't her impressive background or her upcoming ascent into space. Instead, it was her remarkable resemblance to comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres:
Am I wrong? Dye Ellen's hair brown, and I think we have a match for the Lifetime movie (which will, of course, require a very Lifetime-ish title... say "She Dreamed of the Stars" or "Her Greatest Hour"... you get the idea.)
Maybe it's just me and the odd way my brain works. Let me know what you think.