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Sally Ride Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Sep 2020
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Women make up only 25 percent of the science, engineering and technology workforce... We are delighted to be working with NASA Ames to give Silicon Valley area girls a chance to explore and develop their potential in science at an age when many begin to drift away from their natural interest.
All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary
Yes, I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman in space.
When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.
Well, we spend an awful lot of our time working and doing experiments. It's very busy up on the shuttle.
We can see cities during the day and at night, and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean, and see hurricanes form.
Then during the mission itself, I used the space shuttle's robot arm to release a satellite into orbit.
The view of Earth is spectacular.
The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter.
The space shuttle is a better and safer rocket than it was before the Challenger accident.
The pressure suit helps if something goes wrong during launch or re-entry - astronauts have a way to parachute off the shuttle. The suits protect you from loss of pressure in case of emergency.
The most anxious time was during launch, just because that is so dramatic.
The food isn't too bad. It's very different from the food that the astronauts ate in the very early days of the space program.
The astronauts who came in with me in my astronaut class - my class had 29 men and 6 women - those men were all very used to working with women.
Some astronauts sleep in sort of beds - compartments that you can open up and crawl into and then close up, almost like a little bedroom.
So most astronauts getting ready to lift off are excited and very anxious and worried about that explosion - because if something goes wrong in the first seconds of launch, there's not very much you can do.
So most astronauts are astronauts for a couple of years before they are assigned to a flight.
So I saw many planets, and they looked just a little bit brighter than they do from Earth.
So I decided on science when I was in college.
Once you are assigned to a flight, the whole crew is assigned at the same time, and then that crew trains together for a whole year to prepare for that flight.
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