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Dr. Sally Ride
By: Greg S.
Indiana, Grade 3



To be a champion it takes determation, hard work, practice, and sacrifice. How much competition do you think there is to be chosen by NASA to be an astronaut? Imagine being the first woman astronaut and youngest astronaut. Sally Ride made history when she rode the Challenger up in space.
Living in the Ride family was different then the average family. She was born in 1951 in Los Angeles California with a sister and parents. Her sister came two years later. She was a great tennis player and was ranked eighth in the U.S.A. One time her family went to Europe for one year just to explore. Can you imagine skipping school for one year? That didn’t stop her from getting four degrees at Stanford University. Her degrees were a Bachelor of Arts, Physics, Masters in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics. Sally Ride had a variety of jobs. She has done research, she has been an astronaut, she was on the space Challenger accident, and the NASA long range planning. Now she is a teacher at Stanford University, and writes children space book for kids. She got married to Dr. Steven Hawley and is know single.
What motivated Sally to become an astronaut was an advertisement in the newspaper. NASA was look in for men and women to join NASA space program. Sally Ride was one of 8,900 people that wanted to become an astronaut. Sally Ride described her trip on the Challenger and said, “that it was fun in fact I’m sure it was the most fun I will ever have.” Sally’s courage, perseverance, and teamwork made her a great astronaut.




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