Sally Ride: the First Woman to Enter Space
by Vindia Robinson, age 10
Sally Ride dreamed of becoming an astronaut since she was 12 years old. She studied hard in college to learn more about physics, and after she finished graduate school, she was accepted into NASA’s astronaut training program. In 1983, her dream came true when she took off in the Challenger as the first American female in space.
In the past, women could not do all the same things men did, having access to neither the opportunities nor the education. After her second mission in 1984, Ride spent her time encouraging young people, especially girls, to expand their interests and their goals.
After Ride’s dramatic entry into space, 40 other women have followed her lead and became astronauts.
On July 23rd 2012, Sally Ride died at the age of 67. As President Barack Obama said upon her death, “Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars.”
[Source: Time for Kids]