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Promised the moon : the untold story of the first women in the space race

Author: Stephanie Nolen
Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Stephanie Nolen heard a story about Jerrie Cobb, and she couldn't let it go: Cobb, a world-record-setting pilot and a woman, was recruited in 1959 to take the astronaut tests. At the time, the United States was losing the space race. The Soviets had larger, more powerful rockets, and engineers at NASA thought women -- smaller and lighter -- might be the answer to their problems. Women were also thought to be more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Nolen
ISBN: 1568582757 9781568582757
OCLC Number: 52251408
Notes: Originally published: Toronto, on: Penguin Canada, 2002.
Description: xii, 356 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Unlimited visibility --
Aviatrix --
Jackie's girls --
In the cockpit --
Instant heroes --
Unit one, female --
"I've got to fly" --
Normal women --
Fellow lady astronaut trainees --
Our rightful place --
Abandoned --
"Let's stop this now!" --
Epilogue --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Stephanie Nolen.
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Stephanie Nolen heard a story about Jerrie Cobb, and she couldn't let it go: Cobb, a world-record-setting pilot and a woman, was recruited in 1959 to take the astronaut tests. At the time, the United States was losing the space race. The Soviets had larger, more powerful rockets, and engineers at NASA thought women -- smaller and lighter -- might be the answer to their problems. Women were also thought to be more tolerant of isolation and pain. Randy Lovelace, chair of NASA's Life Sciences Committee and the doctor who supervised the selection of NASA's Mercury astronauts, and Donald Flickinger, an air force brigadier general and pioneer in aviation medicine, came up with the plan for a woman-in-space program. They tested Jerrie Cobb, and she excelled on the same battery of tests that her male counterparts took. She endured time in an isolation tank and spun through powerful G-forces. Lovelace recruited additional female pilots for the tests, and twelve performed exceptionally.

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