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The six : the untold story of America's first women astronauts  Cover Image Book Book

The six : the untold story of America's first women astronauts

Grush, Loren (author.).

Summary: "When NASA sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s the agency excluded women from the corps, arguing that only military test pilots--a group then made up exclusively of men--had the right stuff. It was an era in which women were steered away from jobs in science and deemed unqualified for space flight. Eventually, though, NASA recognized its blunder and opened the application process to a wider array of hopefuls, regardless of race or gender. From a candidate pool of 8,000 six elite women were selected in 1978--Sally Ride, Judy Resnik, Anna Fisher, Kathy Sullivan, Shannon Lucid, and Rhea Seddon. In The Six, acclaimed journalist Loren Grush shows these brilliant and courageous women enduring claustrophobic--and sometimes deeply sexist--media attention, undergoing rigorous survival training, and preparing for years to take multi-million-dollar payloads into orbit. Together, the Six helped build the tools that made the space program run. One of the group, Judy Resnik, sacrificed her life when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded at 46,000 feet. Everyone knows of Sally Ride's history-making first space ride, but each of the Six would make their mark" --

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781982172800
  • ISBN: 1982172800
  • Physical Description: print
    x, 422 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2023.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: But only men can be astronauts -- Far from home -- Still warming up the bench -- NASA catches up -- Are you still interested in coming to work for NASA? -- Jet-setting -- The dawn of the space shuttle -- Working with men -- Choosing "The One" -- Ready, set . . . -- Sally's ride -- Take two -- A walk into the void -- Anna to the rescue -- The heist -- The prince and the frog -- Turning point -- Closing a chapter.
Subject: Women astronauts United States History
Astronauts United States History
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Astronautes États-Unis Histoire
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Women astronauts
United States
Women astronauts Biography
Women astronauts
Astronauts Biography
Genre: Biographies.
Informational works
Informational works.
Documents d'information.

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