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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream - Tanya Lee Stone, Margaret A. Weitekamp
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780763645021 (0763645028)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
3.0 Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Less stars because I feel this would be better as a picture book than as an audiobook, and because it's aimed at middle schoolers (which is great, but not what I was hoping it would be), thus spending a lot of time on very basic feminism (yay! teaching middle schoolers feminism!). So it dragged a bi...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
5.0 Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Stone tells the fascinating, dramatic true story of the “Mercury 13,” a group of women aviators who proved to be as courageous, intelligent, and fit as any man, but were nonetheless barred from NASA’s astronaut program because of their gender. When NASA was created in 1958 and the astronaut training...
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