Best Quotes by Sally Ride

The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.

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Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in.

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I think it’s important for little girls growing up, and young women, to have one in every walk of life. So from that point of view, I’m proud to be a role model!

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When you’re getting ready to launch into space, you’re sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.

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The space shuttle is a better and safer rocket than it was before the Challenger accident.

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For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.

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I’ve spent my whole life not talking to people, and I don’t see why I should start now.

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We can see cities during the day and at night, and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean, and see hurricanes form.

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No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space shuttle program is very high-risk, and are prepared for accidents.

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The experience of being in space didn’t change my perspective of myself or of the planet or of life. I had no spiritual experience.

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The experience of being in space didn’t change my perspective of myself or of the planet or of life. I had no spiritual experience.

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I liked math – that was my favorite subject – and I was very interested in astronomy and in physical science.

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For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of women who wanted to enter the sciences.

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All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.

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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.

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Studying whether there’s life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there’s something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That’s something that is almost part of being human, and I’m certain that will continue.

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After the Challenger accident, NASA put in a lot of time to improve the safety of the space shuttle to fix the things that had gone wrong.

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The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge expectations along with it.

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It’s easy to sleep floating around – it’s very comfortable. But you have to be careful that you don’t float into somebody or something!

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But when I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.

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On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background – the commander and the pilot.

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NASA has to approve whatever we wear, so there are clothes to choose from, like space shorts – we wear those a lot – and NASA T-shirts.

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I did not come to NASA to make history.

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I think eventually private enterprise will be able to send people into orbit, but I suspect initially it’s going to have to be with NASA’s help.

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I didn’t really decide that I wanted to be an astronaut for sure until the end of college.

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I do a lot of running and hiking, and I also collect stamps – space stamps and Olympics stamps.

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I haven’t written my memoirs or let the television movie be made about my life.

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For quite some time, women at NASA only had scientific backgrounds.

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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.

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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.

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I do a lot of running and hiking, and I also collect stamps – space stamps and Olympics stamps.

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I haven’t written my memoirs or let the television movie be made about my life.

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The pressure suit helps if something goes wrong during launch or re-entry – astronauts have a way to parachute off the shuttle. The suits protect you from loss of pressure in case of emergency.

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Different astronauts sleep in different ways.

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One thing I probably share with everyone else in the astronaut office is composure.

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Then during the mission itself, I used the space shuttle’s robot arm to release a satellite into orbit.

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Yes, I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman in space.

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I felt very 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.

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The food isn’t too bad. It’s very different from the food that the astronauts ate in the very early days of the space program.

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Rocket science is tough, and rockets have a way of failing.

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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.

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But even in elementary school and junior high, I was very interested in space and in the space program.

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I had both male and female heroes.

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Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine.

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I was always very interested in science, and I knew that for me, science was a better long-term career than tennis.

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So I decided on science when I was in college.

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The astronauts who came in with me in my astronaut class – my class had 29 men and 6 women – those men were all very used to working with women.

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It takes a few years to prepare for a space mission.

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It takes a couple of years just to get the background and knowledge that you need before you can go into detailed training for your mission.

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So most astronauts are astronauts for a couple of years before they are assigned to a flight.

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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.

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My background is in physics, so I was the mission specialist, who is sort of like the flight engineer on an airplane.

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Well, we spend an awful lot of our time working and doing experiments. It’s very busy up on the shuttle.

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