To fly among the stars : the hidden story of the fight for women astronauts / Rebecca Siegel.
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- ISBN: 9781338290158
- ISBN: 1338290150
- Physical Description: x, 340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Focus, 2020.
Contents / Notes
Includes bibliographic references (pages -301) and index.
Preface: February 20, 1960 -- Flight dreams -- The sky belonged to men -- Lightning fast and always lovely -- The jet age -- "A man's work" -- The test pilot years -- Setting records, Sputnik and the start of the space race -- Astronaut testing and selection -- Female, unit 1: Testing begins -- Dedication -- Going public -- Money, monkeys and men -- Testing more women -- Corvettes and parties -- Women in the 1960s? -- A test pilot questioned -- Phase III testing and a telegram -- Race to the finish -- The fight goes to Washington -- Of course, no women -- After Mercury -- Picking up the pieces -- Epilogue: The ultimate glass ceiling.
"This narrative nonfiction work recounts the early years of air and space exploration and the daring exploits of America's first astronauts--both the men and women who were called upon to train."-- Provided by publisher.
"In the 1960s, locked in a heated race to launch the first human into space, the United States selected seven superstar test pilots and former military air fighters to NASA's astronaut class -- the Mercury 7. The men endured grueling training and constant media attention for the honor of becoming America's first space heroes. But a group of 13 women -- accomplished air racers, test pilots, and flight instructors -- were enduring those same astronaut tests in secret, hoping to defy social norms and earn a spot among the stars. With thrilling stories of aviation feats, frustrating tales of the fight against sexism, and historical photos, To Fly Among the Stars recounts an incredible era of US innovation, and the audacious hope of the women who took their fight for space flight all the way to Washington, DC."--Amazon.
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