Almost Astronauts

Almost Astronauts

13 Women Who Dared to Dream

eBook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780763656096
0763656097
Characteristics: 1 online resource (133 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Contents: T minus thirty-eight years
I jumped at the offer
Not a meaningful test!
Mommy's going to the moon!
Too good to be true
Regret to advise
Let's stop this now!
Jerrie Cobb isn't running this program. I am!
The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes
NASA never had any intention of putting those women in space
We want to see a woman driving the bus, not sitting in the back
I am living proof that dreams do come true.
Summary: 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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In 1961, women were expected to be wives and mothers; they couldn’t rent a car or take out a loan without a husband’s signature. Pilot Jerrie Cobb, who had more hours in the air than John Glenn, passed all the tests the astronauts took with flying colors, as did 13 other women pilots who dreamed of spaceflight. They had the right stuff, but were the wrong sex, and it wasn’t until 1978 that women were admitted to the space program. Illus. with photos.

In 1961, women were expected to be wives and mothers; they couldn’t rent a car or take out a loan without a husband’s signature. Pilot Jerrie Cobb, who had more hours in the air than John Glenn, passed all the tests the astronauts took with flying colors, as did 13 other women pilots who dreamed of spaceflight. They had the right stuff, but were the wrong sex, and it wasn’t until 1978 that women were admitted to the space program. Illus. with photos.

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