Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr

Reviewed by Diane Disbro, Union Branch Manager Scenic Regional Library

     Look around today and you see women in all professions. That hasn't always been true. There were no women astronauts before 1978 and the first delicious xxx free teen video site woman went into space in 1983. That woman was Sally Ride.

     Sally Ride was a California girl with a love for tennis and physics. Her tennis game was so good that she was awarded college scholarships and played doubles with Billie Jean King. But she put aside tennis to pursue her real love, physics, and astrophysics in particular.

     With Sally, it wasn't a case of wanting to go into space since childhood. She loved staying up late to look through a telescope and she loved the science of astronomy but she didn't consider becoming an astronaut until on January 12, 1977she saw a story  in The Stanford Daily, headlined "NASA to Recruit Women." She sent a handwritten letter on Stanford University stationary asking for more information. At the time, she was teaching at Stanford and working on a Ph.D. in link sexiest chinese girls astrophysics.

     This book gives a fascinating look at astronaut selection and training in the early space shuttle program as well as an inside look at the challenges the first women astronauts faced. While Sally was the first American woman to go into space, this book doesn't stop with that accomplishment.

     Sally was chosen to sit on the committee investigating the Challenger tragedy and, later, the Columbia disaster. She was active in uncovering the neglect on the part of NASA that caused the deaths of fellow astronauts. She started her own business, Sally Ride Science, that reached out to girls and showed them that it is o.k. for girls to be scientists. During all the years she spent in the public spotlight, she was able to keep part of her life very private.

     For over twenty years, Sally and Tam O'Shaughnessy were devoted domestic partners. Close friends guessed the true relationship of the two women but it was never openly acknowledged. When Sally died from cancer at click here age sixty-one, Tam, with Sally's approval, came forward as the person with whom Sally had chosen to spend her life.

     Lynn here Sherr is a journalist who interviewed Sally several times and became a good friend. She writes with love and respect for her subject, a woman who broke a glass ceiling for all the women astronauts who followed her into space.