The first American woman to go on a space walk was a woman who never thought of herself as a scientist or a pilot.
But on Sunday, Time magazine published an interview with the first woman ever to do so.
“I’ve always dreamed of going into space,” said Sally Ride, 59, of California.
“I think there’s so much more that can be done, but this was the beginning of it.”
Ride, who has been studying the moon since she was a child, has become a celebrity among space enthusiasts since her trip in 2004.
Time’s cover, however, shows a woman walking on the surface of the moon.
The title of Ride’s cover comes from a NASA space program program that was originally set up to help women achieve leadership positions.
Ride, however was a NASA astronaut and is not currently working for NASA.
She’s not alone in her dream of spaceflight.
A handful of women are planning to become astronauts as the space program has evolved in recent decades.
In the 1960s, women were barred from flying, although women still made up less than one percent of the space shuttle fleet.
In the 1980s, female astronauts were allowed to fly.
Women were allowed into the space programs, but they had to sign a confidentiality agreement and remained a minority.
Women who wanted to go into space have been reluctant to take risks, as they can be subjected to physical and emotional abuse.
Ride’s flight in 2004, however she was able to do the risky and dangerous things women were not allowed to do, like go to space.
Ride also has a medical background, having been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Rode, a former NASA astronaut who has lived in California, also has an interest in science.
Ride was one of only four women to receive a Nobel Prize for science in 2008, along with fellow former astronaut Linda Stauffer and Russian cosmonaut Yury Popov.
Rode is also the author of several books about spaceflight, including The Moonwalkers.
She is the third woman to become an astronaut and the first American.
Ridley, who was not at the time in space, has said she would like to go back to Earth and see the Earth.