Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

by Lynn Sherr


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476725772
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 271,648
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lynn Sherr is an award-winning broadcaster and author who spent more than thirty years at ABC News. She reported on the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986. Sherr’s numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation awards, a Gracie Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award. Her books include Swim, Outside the Box, and America the Beautiful, among others.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 California Girl 1

2 40-Love, Sally 30

3 Wait! 61

4 Thirty-five New Guys 96

5 First 126

6 Reentry 167

7 Explosions 193

8 New Territory 215

9 Down to Earth 230

10 Sally Ride Science 261

11 Duty Calls 278

12 The Secret 288

13 A Very Private Thing 301

14 Impact 320

Acknowledgments 339

Sources 343

Motes 347

Index 361

Photo Credits 375

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