Category Archives: FSEM – Beauty and Brains
“Astronaut Bio: Sally K. Ride.” NASA – Johnson Space Center. July 2006. Web. 13 Sept. 2011.
-This source, from the NASA website is very reliable and accurate. This can be assumed
because Sally Ride did indeed work for NASA. This resource will be used as a
reference to Sally Ride’s work life, and her contributions to NASA and the
scientific world. This article focuses on Sally Ride’s career as an astronaut,
and as a scientist. This is good for the further research of Sally Ride because
most studies are done on her career.
Bennett, Kitty. “Where Are They Now? Sally Ride | Sally Ride Science.” Sally Ride
Science | Sally Ride Science. 18 June 2010. Web. 13 Sept. 2011
-The accuracy of this resource seems to be reliable, however, it is being used more
so as a reference than a resource. This article is being used just to get
general insight about what happened to Sally Ride after being an astronaut. It
is also being used as a transition from Sally’s major accomplishment of being
the first American in space, to another which is her being a superior woman in
science. This source’s main focus is Sally Ride’s life after the space program
and what she is currently doing today.
“Sally Kristen Ride | First American Woman in Space.” Lucidcafé Interactive Café and
Information Resource. Web. 13 Sept. 2011.
-The reliability of this source is trustable; it is just an article from a magazine
or news journal. This resource will be used for general information about the
scientist. It will also be used as a biography of Sally Ride. The main points
of this article are a biography of Sally Ride. It is a brief, yet analytical
overview of her life and career.
“Sally Ride Interview — Academy of Achievement.” Academy of Achievement Main Menu.
2 June 2006. Web. 13 Sept. 2011.
-This resource is a perfect primary resource because it is an interview with Sally
Ride with video! This investigation will benefit from this source because it
contains facts about Sally Ride’s personal as well as business life. This
resource has audio/video, as well as written question and answers from Sally
Ride answering questions about her childhood, her career, and what Sally is
USA Today. “Sally Ride Rode Wave of Curiosity into Outer Space.” UMW Database.
USA Today. Web. 25 July 2011.
-Considering the source of this resource, it is accepted as reliable and accurate. This
article from an interview with Sally Ride from USA Today will be used in order
to get the reflections from Sally Ride about what it was like being the first
American woman in space. This source mainly is an interview with Sally Ride and
a reporter from USA Today, reflecting on how Sally felt the day that she was
launched into orbit. This primary resource is good for researchers of Sally
Ride because it provides rare insight direct from the scientist herself.
Woodside, Sara. “The My Hero Project -Sally Ride.” The MY HERO Project. 10 Nov. 2010. Web. 13 September 2011.
-This source is not as reliable as the other sources being used in this
investigation. However, it is another researcher’s work, so it could be useful
to look at another researcher’s perspective about Sally Ride. This source will
mainly be used to find other resources. It will also be used as a visual for
how a blog entry should look. This blog is a general overview of Sally Ride’s
My interest in Sally Ride began with the name,
honestly. The first thing that came to
mind was “Ride, Sally Ride”! Oddly enough, that is what thousands of people put
on t-shirts when they went to watch Sally Ride fly off into space. However,
after the fascination of her name drew to a close, I noticed that Sally Ride
was the first American woman in space. Then, the real interest began. Being a woman in a “man’s world” is not very easy;
however, Sally Ride took the space shuttle by the engines and flew. She was unaffected by the fact that she was
going into a job that had only been done by men, and she excelled at the task.
Although, Sally Ride was unaware that being the first American woman in space
would break down barriers for many other women in science.
Before Sally Ride flew off into space, she was just an average girl. Born in
Encino, California, she had a very normal life. She very much enjoyed science,
math, and reading in school. She was pretty shy in the classroom and did not
like to be called on. However, she also enjoyed being active and playing
outside, as most children growing up in the 50s and 60s. Whenever her teacher
would put on the TV to watch a space launch, Sally Ride knew that is what she
wanted to do.
Currently, Sally Ride teaches Physics at
the University of California. She still enjoys being active and brushing up on
Sally is a perfect example of a role model for future scientists! She pushed through the negativity and the barriers that people thought would prevent her from doing what she loved. She was hard working and dedicated. Plus she opened a program for young women to join to get them more interested in Math and Science.
I am doing my research thingy on Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.