Exploring Our Solar System
My eminent person, Sally Ride and her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy worked together on this book. This book has information on the solar system and is easy to read and understand. It is a testament to Sally Ride’s ingenious and capabilities as a science educator.
Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space
This probably the most comprehensive biography on Sally Ride. Lynn Sherr, a close friend of Sally Ride and experienced journalist, was given full access to Sally Ride‘s old papers to write this book. This book was impossible to put down and gave a full and detailed account of Sally Ride‘s life.
Sally Ride: Life on a Mission
While not as comprehensive as Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, this book assisted me in triangulating my information. It also contained some helpful diagrams and charts.
Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
This book mostly contained general information about space. Its section on astronauts and the ISS was quite helpful. It supplied me with some well-appreciated background knowledge. It was also a very interesting read.
This book was a mother load of information. It contained information on the various female astronauts and cosmonauts, as well as a section on life in space, and the ‘Mercury Thirteen’-13 pilots who could have become the first group of female astronauts. It also contained quotations from various astronauts and 8 hours of footage.
Women Aviators: 26 stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys
While this book had no chapters on Sally Ride, it talked about the history of women in flight. I found it helpful because it helped me gain some perspective on the prejudice and sexism that women faced as pilots. Also, Women Aviators discussed Jerrie Cobb, who I chose for the point of view of my speech.
NASA Space Shuttle Challenger Mission STS-7: Space Documentary – S88TV
This is a narrated documentary that detailed the days leading up to the STS 7 launch. It talked about launch procedures and contained a plethora of mission footage. I found it interesting to learn about the step leading to a space shuttle launch.
A Ride In Space
A Ride in Space is an article and interview published 1983 by People Magazine. It is about the sexism that Sally Ride received, primarily from the press, during the lead up to the STS-7 mission.
Astronaut Bio: Sally Ride
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and NASA collaborated to publish this page. I found it helpful when I was formulating my interview questions and writing up my speech. All the information was laid out in a concise and clear manner, which was useful for me to reference..
Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science is Sally Ride‘s legacy as an organization that works with youth in science. The link is the official website for the organization and contains information about their work, recent and upcoming events, and SRS’s mission statement.
The Lavender Scare
A Wikipedia article on the Lavender Scare, a movement in the 50’s that many likened to the ‘Red Scare‘ and McCarthyism (where the government fired thousands of queer people). This article provided me with the main events of the Lavender Scare, which provided context for my research on discrimination based on sexual orientation in the 60’s and 70’s.
Who Was Sally Ride?
NASA also published this article, which I read through when I was narrowing the plot-line of my speech. I would describe it as a very basic FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on Sally Ride, written for grades 5-8.
Why Sally Ride Waited Until Her Death to Tell the World She was Gay
NBC News wrote this article that includes an interview with Karen “Bear” Ride (Sally Ride’s sister). Also, it talked about the expectations that accompanied being an astronaut and touched on homophobia within NASA.