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Sally Ride
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.37

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     challenging words:    spacecraft, calculus, communication, doctorate, navigation, astrophysics, flights, shuttle, knowing, parachute, organization, talent, survival, cancer, specialist, aboard
     content words:    Sally Ride, Imaginary Lines, Sally Ride Science, Sally Ride Club, To Space, Solar System, Ride Science


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Sally Ride
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Sally Ride had skills and the talent, and she loved science. She wasn't afraid to keep studying science, even when other girls decided that science was too hard or when they said that science was a boys' subject. Sally Ride became so good at science that she got to be the first American woman in space.
 
2     As a science student, she had many demanding subjects to study. Space scientists take advanced courses in math and sciences. They study topics like calculus and physics, and that is just the beginning. These are not easy subjects. But when you are studying something you enjoy, it may be hard work, but the hard work is often fun too. Sally Ride must have really enjoyed space science. She went on to get her bachelor's degree, her master's degree, and her doctorate in science. Her field was astrophysics.
 
3     When she was 27 years old, Sally heard that NASA was looking for young men and women who were experts in science. At the time NASA wanted to hire 35 astronaut candidates. Sally applied for one of the jobs. At the time she wouldn't have had any way of knowing that 8,000 other men and women had applied too. Sally's application was one of the very best. In 1978, she joined NASA and began astronaut training.

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