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Almost astronauts 13 women who dared to dream

by Stone, Tanya Lee.

Format: Book on CD 2009
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Audio Books j CD 629.45 STO
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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 they must be white.

Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved not only that they were as tough as any man but also that they were brave enough to challenge the government. Their passage to space was blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and a note scrawled by one of the most powerful men in Washington. But in the end, their inspiring example empowered young women to take their rightful place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Space gals. Astronettes. Astrodolls . . . Who do these women think they are? The media mocked them. Male astronauts did not want them, and neither did then vice-president Lyndon Johnson. If they were to let women into the space program, blacks and other minorities would be next. Nearly 20 years before the U.S. officially admitted women into the astronaut program, 13 women, known as the Mercury 13, fought for the right to soar into space. This dramatic, large-size photo-essay covers their stories, along with the exciting politics of the women's liberation struggle in the 1950s and '60s ( What is a woman's place? ) and the breakthrough science and technology surrounding space exploration, including details of the would-be astronauts' tests and training. The chatty, immediate style ( Picture this ) and full-page photos make for a fast read, and the crucial civil-rights history will stay with readers. The long, spacious back matter is part of the story, with detailed chapter notes and a bibliography.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Enlivened by numerous b&w and color photographs, this thorough book takes readers back to the early 1960s to tell the story of 13 women who underwent a battery of physical endurance tests (including hours spent in a deprivation tank) and psychological analysis to determine their readiness to travel in space. A gripping narrative surfaces in Stone's text, as the women are repeatedly thwarted by NASA, discriminated against and patronized by society ("Gene Nora Stumbough's boss said she couldn't have time off. So she quit. Sarah Gorelick had the same problem.... So she quit"). Readers with an interest in history and in women's struggle for equality will undoubtedly be moved. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Subjects Project Mercury (U.S.) -- History -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Women astronauts -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Women astronauts -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Sex discrimination against women -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Women astronauts.
Women astronauts -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sex discrimination against women -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Project Mercury (U.S.) -- History.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Grand Haven, MI :Brilliance Audio,2009
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Brilliance Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Performed by Susan Ericksen.
Audience Ages 10+.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
"The true story of the "Mercury 13" women"--Container.
"Includes bonus disc: contains author interview, poetry read by the author, photographs from the book, and study guide"--Container.
Compact disc.
System Details Bonus disc requires Adobe Flash Player.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr., 42 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM.
ISBN 9781441890542
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