by Lindsay E. Brown
Sally Ride Pushed Us to Understand Our Climate and Our World
Sally Ride was the first American woman to voyage into space. During the historic flight, she became the first person to ever retrieve a satellite with the robotic arm that she helped design. Her second flight on STS-41G, also aboard Challenger, was the first flight to carry a full seven person crew and was tasked with deploying a satellite and performing scientific earth observations.
When she left NASA, she formed Sally Ride Science, to get students excited about science. Three years ago she co-authored a book titled “ Mission: Planet Earth” about how and why the climate is changing.
Here’s an excerpt:
[From space,] I could see how fragile Earth is. When I looked toward the horizon, I could see a thin, fuzzy blue line outlining the planet. At first, I didn’t know what I was seeing. Then I realized it was Earth’s atmosphere. It looked so thin and so fragile, like a strong gust of interplanetary wind could blow it all away. And I realized that this air is our planet’s spacesuit — it’s all that separates every bird, fish, and person on Earth from the blackness of space…
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Photo Credit AP/NASA.