Space: Ready When You Are

Ready When You Are

In To Space & Back (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard; $14.95), a children's book co- written by Sally Ride last year and published this month, the nation's first woman astronaut tells her readers that all adventures are "scary." After last January's explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, Ride seemed to find the prospect of another shuttle assignment a bit too scary. A member of the commission that investigated the disaster, Ride declared in March that the shuttle was unsafe and that she would not board it again. Currently riding a desk at NASA, she said last week that she was ready for...

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