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Sally Ride Quotes

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.

All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.

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

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

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

Different astronauts sleep in different ways.

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.

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

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

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

I don't have any nicknames.

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.

I had both male and female heroes.

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

I slept just floating in the middle of the flight deck, the upper deck of the space shuttle.

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

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.

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

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!

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