To Space and Back

To Space and Back

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by Sally Ride, Susan Okie
     
 

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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 member of an astronaut crew. In this book, with the help of journalist Susan Okie, Sally Ride shares the personal experience of traveling into space.America's first woman astronaut answers questions most frequently asked about a journey

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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 member of an astronaut crew. In this book, with the help of journalist Susan Okie, Sally Ride shares the personal experience of traveling into space.America's first woman astronaut answers questions most frequently asked about a journey through space.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
The book succeeds in helping us imagine the unimaginable—what it really feels like to blast off in a rocket and float effortlessly in midair while circling hundreds of miles above the earth.
Chicago Tribune
This book is an important contribution to all that has been written about space travel, for it is a vivid description of the human side of exploring the unknown.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A personal approach to what too often seems too far away, this will inspire young readers with the heights of adventure to which an interest in science can take ordinary people like themselves.
School Library Journal
Gr 1 Up From the alarm clock ringing at 3:15 a.m. on launch day to getting used to gravity again after returning to Earth, Sally Ride takes readers on a trip in a space shuttle. This oversized book has plenty of clear, full-color photos that follow and supplement the text and bring to life the shuttle flight. Ride's zest for the adventure comes through clearly, making this a book that can be read aloud to young children, please an adult, or inspire anyone in between. This is much shorter and more accessible than previous accounts by astronauts, e.g., Gemini! (Macmillan, 1966; o.p.) by Virgil ``Gus'' Grissom or Flying to the Moon (Farrar, 1976) by Michael Collins. Just the right book to keep the dream alive while awaiting the next chance for a new American space adventure. Margaret L. Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688091125
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
658,448
Product dimensions:
10.94(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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"What's it like to be in space?" "Is it scary?" "Is it cold?" "Do you have trouble sleeping?" These are questions that everyone asks astronauts who have been in space. The experience is hard to describe. The words and pictures in this book will help you imagine what it's like to blast off in a rocket and float effortlessly in midair while circling hundreds of miles above the Earth.

Meet the Author

Susan Okie has known Sally Ride since they were students together at Westlake School. She remembers her as a "fleet-footed fourteen-year-old with a self-confident grin" who was her academic rival. They have remained close friends, even though their lives have taken them in different directions. Susan Okie also attended Swarthmore College and later went to Radcliffe, from which she graduated with a degree in biology. She received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1978. She now works as a medical journalist for the Washington Post.

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To Space and Back 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you looking for a book that answers all of your questions about space (i.e. what is it like, what happens, what are some of the jobs) this is a great book. No one should miss out on it, especially because Sally Ride, our first woman in space, wrote it! Over all other books on space, I have found this one to be the most useful, and the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very good.I think people all should read this book.