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Almost Astronauts : 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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.
Back matter includes an author's note, an appendix, further reading, a bibliography, sources, source notes, and an index.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763636111
  • ISBN-10: 0763636118
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: February 2009
  • Page Count: 133
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.86 x 0.53 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.42 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Women
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Technology - Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 49.
  • Review Date: 2009-05-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Enlivened by numerous b&w and color photographs, this thorough book takes readers back to the early 1960s to tell the story of 13 women who underwent a battery of physical endurance tests (including hours spent in a deprivation tank) and psychological analysis to determine their readiness to travel in space. A gripping narrative surfaces in Stone's text, as the women are repeatedly thwarted by NASA, discriminated against and patronized by society (“Gene Nora Stumbough's boss said she couldn't have time off. So she quit. Sarah Gorelick had the same problem.... So she quit”). Readers with an interest in history and in women's struggle for equality will undoubtedly be moved. Ages 10–up. (Feb.)

 
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