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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space (Hardcover)

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Dr. Sally Ride was a fiercely intelligent and driven woman who played tennis like a pro, double-majored in Physics and English at Stanford University, and caught the eye of NASA at the very young age of 27. She remains the youngest astronaut and the only known gay astronaut to fly. Though she shunned the spotlight when it came to her personal life, she knew how to use her fame and influence to inspire girls to study science. Sally Ride’s verve and intellect shine in this new biography, which also traces the evolution of NASA from a group of white male fighter pilots to the diverse band of scientists that it is today. If you are at all interested in the history of American space flight, you must read this book. I loved every page of it; it is impossible to read about Sally Ride’s life and accomplishments without feeling inspired.

— Kat

Learn more about the first American woman in space! This richly detailed biography examines Sally Ride's early life, her work in NASA, and her foundation, which inspires girls in science to dream big. It chronicles her struggles and triumphs, both personal and professional, and shows how she led her life with a quiet and unshakeable confidence.

— Benay


The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride's family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys' club to a more inclusive elite.

Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women.

After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she faulted NASA's rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.

Sherr also writes about Ride's scrupulously guarded personal life--she kept her sexual orientation private--with exclusive access to Ride's partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. Sherr draws from Ride's diaries, files, and letters. This is a rich biography of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Sherr's revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman, an inspiration to millions, come alive.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476725765
ISBN-10: 1476725764
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 400
Language: English


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