Hayley Rides into Space

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Space , Vehicles
Read to Me , Read & Play , Read It Myself
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Have you ever wanted to go into outer space? Hayley has! Come on! Join her as she pretends to be her favorite astronaut, Sally Ride, on her first mission into space. Meet the crew at the Johnson Space Center, learn about an astronaut’s job on the mission, and get ready to BLAST OFF! But that’s not it! In space, explore antigravity, release a satellite, and look at the wonders of space through the space shuttle window. Hayley loves space so much that she wants to be an astronaut one day. What do you think is interesting and that you would like to explore?

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Hi! I’m Haley! Most kids like dinosaurs, princesses, and pirates. But me? I like outer space. Want to take a look through my telescope?

Just look at it. Isn’t space amazing!

I don’t want to just look at the stars—I want to visit them. Let’s pretend to be Sally Ride. She’s my favorite astronaut. Do you want to be an astronaut with me? Great! Pretend with me!

“Sally Ride, reporting for duty, sir!”
“Welcome to the Johnson Space Center, Sally. We’re glad to have you on our crew.”
“Pretty cool, right? That’s the Space Shuttle Challenger.”
“Are you ready to get started with our training? We’ll practice launching this satellite, and then we’ll be ready for space.”

Launch Day is here. Look how many people came to watch! It’s time to ride the elevator up to the very top of the shuttle. Are you ready?

We’re finally on the ship! Time to do our final launch preparations, and then it’s off to outer space!

Countdown: 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . 7 . . . 6 . . . 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .
BLASTOFF! Next stop, outer space!

Woo-hoo! We’re really here! We’re in outer space! This is my favorite part—check it out!

There’s no gravity in space, so things float—even me!

Commencing mission satellite! My job up here today is to use this robot arm to release that satellite into space.

Our mission is complete. Quick, to the window. Can we see our satellite out there? Next stop, home!

“Mission Control to the Space Shuttle Challenger: Your landing is a success. Mission accomplished!”
Thank you, thank you. Everything I ever dreamed of and more.

“Hayley, time for dinner!”
“Helmets away. Let’s blast off to dinner!”

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  • Written by: Chad Beckim
  • Script Edited by: Sarah Haines
  • Illustrated by: Delphine Henault
  • Audio services by: Bang
  • Copy Edited by: The Linguistic Edge


  • Hayley: Violet Vale
  • Commander Chris: Matt Stillo
  • Scientist Michael: Matt Stillo
  • Dr. Hann: Robert Hann
  • Captain Alex: Alex Rametta
  • Mission Control: Halim Jabbour

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