I created the image above for both
the Mars program and secondarily for Dr. Sally Ride's 1999 children's
Mystery of Mars". I heard she
was asking JPL for the best available Mars Global Surveyor image.
There were no good images available, in my opinion. So I took
the opportunity to create a new one. Regarding Sally's book:
nearly every Mars spacecraft image used in it was created by
me. It was pretty cool exchanging emails with her, although I
didn't get to meet her in person. When she first emailed my co-worker
Kirk Goodall to inquire about artwork, he emailed back, "Are
you THE Sally Ride?" and she just replied, "Yep, I'm
Corby Waste and Dr. Sally
Click on the book cover to read the
reviews for "The Mystery of Mars" at Amazon.com. The
comments include "sophisticated artist renderings throughout"
& " full of spectacular pictures and illustrations".
Even though my name did not appear in the book I was pleased
to read such glowing comments by a reviewer!
Sept. 20, 2006 at JPL: I finally
got to meet Sally in person. It's kind of mind-boggling when
I think about it now. She couldn't have been friendlier and I
know she enjoyed meeting the guy who had illustrated 3 of the
pics in her book. Later she led the GRAIL education and public
outreach through Sally Ride science but I never saw her again.
She died unexpectedly in 2012. In the pic I was wearing a Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shirt with the "alternative
logo" I created.
One of the many projects
Sally was involved with is science education for girls.