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

Author: Stephanie Nolen
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A female world-record-setting pilot, Jerrie Cobb was recruited in 1959 to take the astronaut tests. She excelled, so the doctor who supervised the selection of NASA's Mercury astronauts recruited additional female pilots. Twelve performed exceptionally. Stephanie Nolen tracked down eleven of the surviving "Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees'' and learned the story of those early days of the space race and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Nolen
ISBN: 1568583192 9781568583198
OCLC Number: 56768974
Notes: Originally published: Toronto, on: Penguin Canada, 2002.
Description: xii, 356 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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!"
Responsibility: Stephanie Nolen.

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A female world-record-setting pilot, Jerrie Cobb was recruited in 1959 to take the astronaut tests. She excelled, so the doctor who supervised the selection of NASA's Mercury astronauts recruited additional female pilots. Twelve performed exceptionally. Stephanie Nolen tracked down eleven of the surviving "Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees'' and learned the story of those early days of the space race and the disappointment when, in 1961, the women were grounded.

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