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Outtakes from Wally's Memoir
Wally's life has been too full to include everything in one book. Each month, this page will feature something that didn't make it into Higher, Faster, Longer.
Wally's life has been too full to include everything in one book. Each month, this page will feature something that didn't make it into Higher, Faster, Longer.
When Sally Ride took off aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 as America's first woman in space, Wally watched the launch on TV. In her memoir, Wally wrote, "I imagined what Sally must be feeling as the spacecraft took off. At that moment, I wanted to be her. But mostly, I was just happy that NASA had finally flown a female astronaut."

Wally saved the June 13, 1983, issue of Newsweek that featured Sally on the cover. In it, Sally was quoted as saying, "I did not come to NASA to make history. It's important to me that people don't think I was picked for the flight because I am a woman and it's time for NASA to send one."

That comment reflects Wally's attitude as well. She and the other Mercury 13 members wanted to be astronauts based on their own abilities, not because of their gender.

When Sally Ride took off aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 as America's first woman in space, Wally watched the launch on TV. In her memoir, Wally wrote, "I imagined what Sally must be feeling as the spacecraft took off. At that moment, I wanted to be her. But mostly, I was just happy that NASA had finally flown a female astronaut."

Wally saved the June 13, 1983, issue of Newsweek that featured Sally on the cover. In it, Sally was quoted as saying, "I did not come to NASA to make history. It's important to me that people don't think I was picked for the flight because I am a woman and it's time for NASA to send one."

That comment reflects Wally's attitude as well. She and the other Mercury 13 members wanted to be astronauts based on their own abilities, not because of their gender.
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