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Author Stone, Tanya Lee.

Title Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream / Tanya Lee Stone.

Imprint Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 1st Fl Juvenile Non-Fiction  J 629.45 Sto    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description 133 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Note "The true story of the "Mercury 13" women"-Cover.
"The Robert F. Sibert medal."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents "T minus thirty-eight years" -- "I jumped at the offer" -- "Not a meaningful test!" -- "Mommy's going to the moon!" -- "It was too good to be true" -- "Regret to advise" -- "Let's stop this now!" -- "Jerrie Cobb isn't running this program. I am!" -- "The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes" -- "NASA never had any intention of putting those women in space" -- "We want to see a woman driving the bus, not sitting in the back" -- "I am living proof that dreams do come true."
Summary 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.
Source NBK 1/10 PPLY
Subject Project Mercury (U.S.) -- History.
Women astronauts -- United States -- Biography.
Women astronauts -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sex discrimination against women -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780763636111 (lib. bdg.)
0763636118 (lib. bdg.)

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