Academic journal article Science Scope

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

Academic journal article Science Scope

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space By Lynn Sherr. $28. 374 pp. Simon & Schuster. New York. 2014. ISBN: 9781476725765.

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After reading this beautifully written, historical, emotional, and inspirational biography, its simple title speaks volumes. Yet Sally Ride, the heroic astronaut, was also a very complex person who broke through many of life's barriers--and not just at male-dominated NASA.

Ride doggedly protected her circle of friends and her life with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy She was intelligent, driven, determined, and focused, with a quick wit and a wicked sense of humor. I was very inspired by all of the good she did during her life, as she wrote books, headed up committees, worked endless hours on projects, started the Sally Ride Science nonprofit, worked on EarthCam/MoonCam, spoke to young people, visited schools, researched, and solved problems. Sally Ride was an incredible human, one who cared, loved, dreamed, and sadly, left us too soon. …

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