Almost Astronauts

13 Women Who Dared to Dream

By Stone, Tanya Lee

Publishers Summary:
They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

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ISBN
978-0-76363-611-1 978-0-76364-502-1
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

Gr 5-7 Stone adopts a tone of righteous indignation in chronicling the quixotic efforts of 13 women to win admission into NASA's initial astronaut training program in the early 1960s. The women were all pilots (one, Jerrie Cobb, had more hours in the air than John Glenn or Scott Carpenter), earned high scores in preliminary tests, and even counted a senator's wife among their number. But resistance came from all directionsincluding NASA regula...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

In the early 1960s, William Randolph Lovelace II, the NASA doctor who administered the rigorous physical and psychological tests to the men who would become the first U.S. astronauts, wondered if it might be feasible for women to become astronauts as well. The story of the ultimately unsuccessful effort to get women into NASA's Mercury astronaut training program is meticulously researched and thrillingly told by Stone using first- and second-hand sources, including interviews with many...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on January 1, 2009

The story of the ultimately unsuccessful effort to get women into NASA's <i>Mercury</i> astronaut training program is meticulously researched and...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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