Sally Ride was an American Astrophysicist and an astronaut. In 1978, Sally Ride joined NASA. One of the most prestigious jobs you can acquire in this world. She was a very intelligent woman, who worked very hard for the life she earned. Ride had considered a career in professional tennis; she was an amazing athlete. Especially when it came to tennis, which was her favorite sport. She decided that a career of being an astronaut would take her much farther in life than a short-lived career as a tennis player.
Ride was one of six women first allowed into the astronaut program at NASA. The reason women were finally let in was because of all of the women’s rights movements. Sally ride was setting a huge example for women everywhere. She showed that women could do anything that men could do, just as good, if not better. She was able to go into outer space and show the world just how much women could do when they put their minds to something and have enough motivation and determination to do it.
Sally Ride set more than just one milestone. Not only did she get to be the very first woman in space, but she was also the youngest person to ever venture into outer space; woman or man. On her first flight into space, she was on a shuttle with Captain Robert L. Crippen, Captain Fredrick H. Hauck, Colonel John M. Fabian, and Dr. Norman E. Thagard. All men, she was the one and only woman.
Dr. Sally Ride felt that she had a huge responsibility being the first woman in space. “I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman to go into space. I felt much honored, and I knew that people would be watching very closely, and I felt it was very, very important that I do a good job.” (Ride). Sally Ride did indeed do a good job. She did what she was supposed to do, and she did it very well. Sally ride made a dramatic influence on women all around the world. Women and even children all around the world would now look up to her as a role model.
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