To Space and Back

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HarperCollins, Oct 10, 1986 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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Much has been written about the vast scientific importance of space exploration, but very little about the human side of being a m,ember of an astronaut crew. In this book, with the help of journalist Susan Okie, Sally Ride shares the personal experience of traveling into space.

Astronauts live, sleep, eat, and work in conditions totally unlike anything we know here on Earth. Everything they do is affected by weightlessness. The simplest of daily routines, such as preparing meals or getting dressed, is a challenge to human ingenuity. Astronauts live and work as members of a team -- each a highly trained expert in a particular field. The cheerful enthusiasm with which they adapt to the special environment of space is testimony to their total commitment to their work.

Written especially with a young audience in mind, To Space and Back answers questions frequently asked by space enthusiasts of all ages. It also reveals that the remarkable men and women who have chosen to pioneer the frontiers of space are first and foremost unique individuals -- like all of us.

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User Review  - dogluvers867 - Goodreads

Totally loved it! THis book really gave me a feel of what it's like in space and Sally Ride made me want to become an astronaut. Just her vivid description and pictures and just.. random things I totally loved. There was not one part about that book that I loved. Great pics! ~Audrey** Read full review

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About the author (1986)

Sally Ride was born in Encino, California on May 26, 1951. She received degrees in physics and English from Stanford University and was about to finish her Ph.D. in physics when she saw an ad in the Stanford student newspaper saying that NASA was looking for astronauts. She applied and was selected as an astronaut candidate in January 1978. She was selected as a mission specialist for mission STS-7 aboard the shuttle Challenger. When Challenger blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space. She retired from NASA in 1987. In 1989, she joined the faculty at the University of California San Diego as a professor of physics and director of the California Space Institute. In 2001 she founded her own company, Sally Ride Science. The company creates innovative classroom materials, classroom programs, and professional development training for teachers. She co-wrote seven science books for children including The Third Planet, The Mystery of Mars, Mission Planet Earth, and Mission Save the Planet, all with Tam O'Shaughnessy. She received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the von Braun Award, the Lindbergh Eagle, and the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award. She was twice awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal. She died from pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012 at the age of 61.

Susan Okie is a family physician and an award winning medical journalist. While a student at Harvard Medical School in the 1970s, she began writing about medicine and health for the Washington Post. She has spent most of her career at that newspaper, covering local and national medical news, reporting for 3 years from Africa and serving as the national science editor. She recently became a Washington-based contributing editor for the New England Journal of Medicine, writing about medical and health issues. Okie lives with her husband and two sons in Bethesda, Maryland.

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