TELFORD — Sometimes you just have to take a step or two back to get the full view. 

From up close, it was difficult to make out the portrait made of a group of Rubik's Cubes, but when you stood a little further away, the face of astronaut and physicist Sally Ride came more clearly into focus. 

The portrait, completed at the July 26 Cube Mosaics session at Indian Valley Public Library after having gotten a good start the previous week, was made of 225 Rubik's Cubes, Nicole Husbands, IVPL's librarian for outreach services, said. 

"Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, so we thought it would be great to celebrate her in this activity," Husbands said.

Ride was part of the crew on the space shuttle Challenger's June 1983 flight.  

The astronaut theme of the mosaic also tied in with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 first moon landing, Husbands said.

Cube Mosaics has aspects of several learning areas, including puzzles, science and art, she said.

Participants following diagrams first created the patterns for parts of the portrait on individual Rubik Cubes, then put the cubes together to form the entire portrait.   

The Sally Ride mosaic also adds history to the mix, Husbands said. 

"I thought it would be perfect to fit in with our summer theme, which is, "A Universe of Stories," she said. 

The Rubik's Cubes were borrowed from You Can Do the Rubik's Cube, which also provided lesson plans, she said.   

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