Quotes by: Sally Ride

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Sally Kristen Ride
Ride on July 10, 1984
Born Sally Kristen Ride
(1951-05-26)May 26, 1951
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died July 23, 2012(2012-07-23) (aged 61)
La Jolla, California, U.S.
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Nationality American
Education
BS Physics / BA English – Stanford University MS Physics – Stanford University Ph.D. Physics – Stanford University
Occupation Physicist
Spouse(s) Steven Hawley
(m. 1982–1987; divorced)
Partner(s) Tam O'Shaughnessy
(1985–2012; Ride's death)
Parent(s)
Dale Burdell Ride Carol Joyce (née Anderson)
Relatives Karen "Bear" Ride (sister)
NASA astronaut
Time in space
14d 07h 46m
Selection 1978 NASA Group
Missions STS-7, STS-41-G
Mission insignia
Retirement August 15, 1987

So I saw many planets, and they looked just a little bit brighter than they do from Earth.
Sally Ride
Even though NASA tries to simulate launch, and we practice in simulators, it's not the same - it's not even close to the same.
Sally Ride
Well, we spend an awful lot of our time working and doing experiments. It's very busy up on the shuttle.
Sally Ride
When the space shuttle's engines cut off, and you're finally in space, in orbit, weightless... I remember unstrapping from my seat, floating over to the window, and that's when I got my first view of Earth. Just a spectacular view, and a chance to see our planet as a planet.
Sally Ride
My parents must have done a great job. Anytime I wanted to pursue something that they weren't familiar with, that was not part of their lifestyle, they let me go ahead and do it.
Sally Ride
We can see cities during the day and at night, and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean, and see hurricanes form.
Sally Ride
I liked math - that was my favorite subject - and I was very interested in astronomy and in physical science.
Sally Ride
On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background - the commander and the pilot.
Sally Ride
I've discovered that half the people would love to go into space and there's no need to explain it to them. The other half can't understand and I couldn't explain it to them. If someone doesn't know why, I can't explain it.
Sally Ride
Yes, I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman in space.
Sally Ride
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.
Sally Ride
But when I wasn't working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.
Sally Ride
I haven't written my memoirs or let the television movie be made about my life.
Sally Ride
I slept just floating in the middle of the flight deck, the upper deck of the space shuttle.
Sally Ride
For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of women who wanted to enter the sciences.
Sally Ride
I have a lot of common sense. I know what needs to be done and how to approach it. I have an ability to work with people on large enterprises.
Sally Ride
The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge expectations along with it.
Sally Ride
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.
Sally Ride
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