Almost Astronauts

Almost Astronauts

13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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Have you ever heard of the "Mercury 13" women? Did you know that nearly twenty years before the first women were let into NASA's astronaut program, there were others who tried? What are the requirements for being shot into space, piloting a hunk of metal while carrying the hopes and fears of your nation? Mastery of flying, as well as courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and fitness - any checklist would certainly include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was an unspoken rule in place: astronauts must be male and white.
Publisher: Grand Haven : Brilliance Audio, p2009
ISBN: 9781441825056
1441825053
Additional Contributors: Ericksen, Susan

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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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