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Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars

Author: Nathalia Holt
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"During World War II, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women--known as human computers--who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America's first ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Mathematik
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathalia Holt
ISBN: 9780316338929 0316338923 9780316338905 0316338907
OCLC Number: 917345188
Description: xiii, 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: January 1958 : Launch Day --
Part I: 1940s. Up, Up, and Away ; Headed West --
Part II: 1950s. Rockets Rising ; Miss Guided Missile ; Holding Back ; Ninety Days and Ninety Minutes ; Moonglow --
Part III: 1960s. Analog Overlords ; Planetary Pull ; The Last Queen of Outer Space --
Part IV: 1970s--Today. Men are from Mars ; Look Like a Girl --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Rocket girls, the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars
Responsibility: Nathalia Holt.
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