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 April 8, 2005
First woman in space promoting airship project
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SAN DIEGO If you look up and happen to see a huge, multi-colored floating object, it doesn't mean you need to get your vision checked.

Instead, you're probably looking at the "Soaring Dreams Airship," a 40-thousand square-foot blimp that's making its way around the country.

The airship is part of a public arts project sponsored by the Ameriquest Mortgage Company. Organizers say their objective is to encourage kids to set their goals high and accomplish their dreams.

The huge blimp was painted by children, and some of those kids will have an opportunity to go for a ride in it.

The project has the blessings of Sally Ride, the first woman ever in space. Ride says the airship "isn't quite as fast as the space shuttle." But she says it's a "very, very cool experience" that gives riders a great view of the earth.

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