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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 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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When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men. This is the true story of the Mercury 13 women.

About the Author

Tanya Lee Stone is a former editor and award-winning author who often writes about strong women. She has garnered starred reviews and other accolades for books such as UP CLOSE: ELLA FITZGERALD and the highly popular AMELIA EARHART.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763636111
Author:
Stone, Tanya Lee
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Foreword by:
Weitekamp, Margaret A.
Foreword:
Weitekamp, Margaret A.
Author:
Weitekamp, Margaret A.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Careers
Subject:
Technology - Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
Subject:
Women astronauts -- United States.
Subject:
Project Mercury (U.S.) - History
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Women astronauts.
Subject:
Astronauts
Subject:
Science & Technology / Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
astronauts;nasa;space;women;history;biography;non-fiction;feminism;women s rights;women s history;discrimination;space exploration;science;civil rights;gender;sexism;1960s;women astronauts;space race;informational;juvenile;space program;young adult;aviati
Subject:
astronauts;nasa;space;women;history;biography;non-fiction;feminism;women s rights;women s history;discrimination;space exploration;science;civil rights;gender;sexism;1960s;women astronauts;space race;informational;juvenile;space program;young adult;aviati
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
10.30x8.86x.53 in. 1.42 lbs.
Age Level:
10-12

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"Synopsis" by , When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men. This is the true story of the Mercury 13 women.
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