Danny's Kids Page
with Danny Stricker (age 12)
Dr. Sally Ride, First Woman Astronaut
|Stricker: What steps did you take to accomplish your goal of being an astronaut, and if you could give advise to anyone who wants to be an astronaut what would it be?
Dr. Ride: The most important steps that I followed were studying math and science in school. I was always interested in physics and astronomy and chemistry and I continued to study those subjects through high school and college on into graduate school. Thatís what prepared me for being an astronaut; it actually gave me the qualifications to be selected to be an astronaut. I think the advise that I would give to any kids who want to be astronauts is to make sure that they realize that NASA is looking for people with a whole variety of backgrounds: they are looking for medical doctors, microbiologists, geologists, physicists, electrical engineers. So find something that you really like and then pursue it as far as you can and NASA is apt to be interested in that profession.
Stricker: If you were asked if you wanted to go in space again would you?
Stricker: What is it like being the first woman astronaut?
Stricker: What was going through your mind as the space shuttle took off on your first mission?
Stricker: What is earth like from looking at it up in space?
Stricker: Have you ever seen anything you could not explain?