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This conversation was recorded in the summer of , just months after Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, I wish that there had been another woman on my flight. I wish that two of us had gone up together. I think it would have been a lot easier. You also have the only job in the world that everybody understands. My father was so grateful when I became an astronaut because he did not understand astrophysicist. But you could see people all over the world connecting with what you were doing. I always thought that was a big disabling factor.
It used to be. I instantly realized that that was what I really wanted to do. I took all, the science classes I could all the way through junior high school and into high school. At the time it was a classic school for girls with a good tennis team and a good English teacher and essentially no math past eleventh grade and no physics and no chemistry.
What kind of thing happened to you? Really the only bad moments in our training involved the press. The things that they were concerned with were not the same things that I was concerned with. Just about every interview I got asked that.
Everybody wanted to know about what kind of makeup I was taking up. In my case, they took a graduate student in physics who had spent her life in the basement of a physics department with oscilloscopes and suddenly put me in front of the press. Did somebody really ask you that?
The press, I think, decided that that was a good question for someone to have asked me and for me to have answered but I never got that question. They made you up quite a good response. What about your feelings during the launch…was there any time that the enormity of what was going on came over you? You hear the sounds and you feel the vibrations. They prepare you very well and it worked. We were able to overcome being overcome and do the things that we were supposed to do. Just watching there at the launch outdoors…there were people with tears streaming down their faces, people I never would have expected and yet they were all very moved by, I guess, the human audacity of it.
Well, there are lots of people looking up there feeling proud not only of you up there but also on the ground. Thank you. Well, But probably the next step after the space shuttle is going to be a space station. And I would foresee a space station as being not just something that is orbiting the earth and used for experimentation or servicing of satellites or whatever but would also be used as a launching platform to back to the Moon or to Mars.
I think both of those are inevitable. Do you have any speculation about how long it might be perhaps before there are such things as peopled space colonies? But my father teaches political science. And neither my sister now I had any interest in it. He was perfectly willing to let us do what we wanted to do. I probably made 1, drawings. This whole film was created in my home studio. My bedroom. Meet Danny Madden.
That last question was asked by writer Margaret McMullan, who was working for Glamour when she interviewed Ride in I could hear her breathing. Alice Walker hung up on me because she said she had better things to do. LaToya Jackson reached over my desk and turned off my tape recorder. Bernadette Peters just stopped talking. This all happened in a matter of seconds — my question, her response, my reaction to her response. from her story. In , Sally was wrapping up her PhD in physics at Stanford when a job notice in the newspaper caught her eye. The ad said NASA was looking for astronaut candidates.
It was the first time NASA had looked outside the military for trainee candidates. Astronauts had typically been military pilots, making space exploration, by default, an all-male endeavour. Of the 8, people who applied, 35 — including Sally and five other women — made the cut. Sally became an astronaut candidate in January Wanna be an astronaut? Apply here. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. As a girl, she kept a scrapbook filled with news clippings of successful women in traditionally male fields.
Earhart completed her transatlantic solo flight in , but disappeared over the Pacific in while attempting to fly around the world. In the early s William Randolph Lovelace II, who had helped develop the physiological tests given to NASA astronauts, decided he wanted to find out how women would perform on the same tests.
He chose a group of accomplished female pilots to undergo testing, and thirteen women passed. Though they were the same tests given to the male Mercury 7 astronauts, NASA refused to consider allowing the women into the astronaut training program. While the U. Tereshkova was selected to the female cosmonaut corps in and became the first woman in space on June 16, She was in space for about 3 days and orbited the Earth 48 times. Menu Facebook Twitter. Episodes Blog About Donate. Interview by Gloria Steinem This conversation was recorded in the summer of , just months after Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, .
The Animated Transcript I wish that there had been another woman on my flight. For instance The bathroom facilities. The bathroom facilities. How much did you get asked that? Did NASA try to prepare you for the press and the pressure? They made up the whole thing? Yeah, I was never asked that question. What do you think it might be like in ? On which it would be possible to live for long periods of time?Ive got a question for the ladies
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