Shannon Lucid Essay

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Shannon Lucid

Shannon Lucid

Jon Lang

Ever since children have dared to dream, they have always dreamt of
going to the moon or to the stars. For the millions of children who dream this,
only an infinitely small portion actually achieve this goal. In 1943 in war-
torn China, a girl was born who had this same dream. Her name was Shannon Lucid.
She was born in 1943 to a Baptist preacher, Joseph Oscar Wells and
Myrtle Wells, a nurse. At 6 months of age she and her parents were sent to a
prison camp by the Japanese. Only a year later were they safe in American arms
after they were traded for Japanese POW's. After the war they went back to
China, but in 1949 they were forced to leave when the communists took over.
They then settled in Bethany, Oklahoma.
She always had the dream that someday she would be a space explorer.
People thought her crazy for this dream though, because the United
States didn't even have a space program. After graduating from Bethany High
School in 1960 she got her pilot's license. In regard to her dream she said,
"the Baptists wouldn't let women preach, so I had to become an astronaut to get
closer to God than my father." By this time America already had a space program.
She could not believe that of the first seven Mercury astronauts, none were
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