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Dr. Sally Ride
By: Michael P.
Indiana, Grade 3



Do you know who was the first American woman to go to space? In 1983, Sally K. Ride was the first American woman to go to in space. She flew into space on the shuttle Challenger on mission (STS7). She flew again on the Challenger in 1984 (STS41G). She was in space for a total 343 hours. This famous American woman worked hard to be chosen to fly in space.
Sally was born on May 26th, 1951 in Encino, California. Her Dad was a college professor and her mother was a counselor. Sally had a younger sister named Bear. Sally graduated from West Lake High School in 1968. She received bachelor degrees in Physics and English from Stanford in 1973. She received her doctorate degree from Stanford in 1978. Sally’s first major job was with N.A.S.A. where she learned to be an astronaut. Sally was married briefly to another astronaut, but is no longer married. She has no children. Sally now lives in San Diego, California and is a professor.
Being the first America woman to fly in space was only one of sally’s many contributions. She has also written many children books on space flight and has worked hard with schools to help get girls interested in space flight. Sally got interested in being an astronaut because she was always interested in space. One of her elementary school teachers let her watch some N.A.S.A. launches. As the first American woman to fly in space she set a good for young girls everywhere. There have been many women who have flown in space after Sally set an example.




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