If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys.— Sally Ride
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The best advice I can give anybody is to try to understand who you are and what you want to do, and don't be afraid to go down that road and do whatever it takes and work as hard as you have to work to achieve that.
Three Secrets to Success: Be willing to learn new things.
Be able to assimilate new information quickly. Be able to get along with and work with other people.
All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.
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.
Then during the mission itself, I used the space shuttle's robot arm to release a satellite into orbit.
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The view of earth is absolutely spectacular, and the feeling of looking back and seeing your planet as a planet is just an amazing feeling. It's a totally different perspective, and it makes you appreciate, actually, how fragile our existence is.
I suggest taking the high road and have a little sence of humour and let things roll off your back. I think that's very important.
There are lots of opportunities out there for women to work in these fields, .
.. Girls just need support, encouragement and mentoring to follow through with the sciences.
Our future lies with today's kids and tomorrow's space exploration.
When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.
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.
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.
The thing I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun.
In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun that I'll ever have in my life.
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.
I've spent my whole life not talking to people, and I don't see why I should start now.
The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter.
I liked math - that was my favorite subject - and I was very interested in astronomy and in physical science.
Everywhere I go I meet girls and boys who want to be astronauts and explore space, or they love the ocean and want to be oceanographers, or they love animals and want to be zoologists, or they love designing things and want to be engineers. I want to see those same stars in their eyes in 10 years and know they are on their way!
Rocket science is tough, and rockets have a way of failing.
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!
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.
Different astronauts sleep in different ways.
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!
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.
We can see cities during the day and at night, and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean, and see hurricanes form.
The rockets light! The shuttle leaps off the launch pad in a cloud of steam and a trail of fire.
I find myself looking around for other new, interesting opportunities to dive into.
The most anxious time was during launch, just because that is so dramatic.
So most astronauts getting ready to lift off are excited and very anxious and worried about that explosion - because if something goes wrong in the first seconds of launch, there's not very much you can do.
I didn't really decide that I wanted to be an astronaut for sure until the end of college.
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.
Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine.
So most astronauts are astronauts for a couple of years before they are assigned to a flight.
No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space shuttle program is very high-risk, and are prepared for accidents.
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.
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.
I do a lot of running and hiking, and I also collect stamps - space stamps and Olympics stamps.
On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background - the commander and the pilot.
Some astronauts sleep in sort of beds - compartments that you can open up and crawl into and then close up, almost like a little bedroom.
I slept just floating in the middle of the flight deck, the upper deck of the space shuttle.
Well, we spend an awful lot of our time working and doing experiments.
It's very busy up on the shuttle.
My background is in physics, so I was the mission specialist, who is sort of like the flight engineer on an airplane.
The space shuttle is a better and safer rocket than it was before the Challenger accident.
But when I wasn't working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.
I don't have any nicknames.
Yes, I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman in space.
I did not come to NASA to make history.
One thing I probably share with everyone else in the astronaut office is composure.
But even in elementary school and junior high, I was very interested in space and in the space program.