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Wally Funk's race for space : the extraordinary story of a female aviation pioneer

Author: Sue Nelson
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to complete NASA's 1961 Women in Space program. Funk breezed through the rigorous physical and mental tests, her scores beating those of many of the male candidates--even John Glenn. Just one week before Funk was to enter the final phase of training, the entire program was abruptly cancelled. Politics and prejudice meant that none of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Wally Funk
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sue Nelson
ISBN: 9781641601306 1641601302
OCLC Number: 1086389200
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2018 by The Westbourne Press, an imprint of Saqi Books"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: Preparing for launch --
I heard her through the grapevine --
Houston, we have a problem --
Cape Canaveral --
The waiting list --
An American in Paris --
Spaceport American --
Storage space.
Responsibility: Sue Nelson.

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"Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to complete NASA's 1961 Women in Space program. Funk breezed through the rigorous physical and mental tests, her scores beating those of many of the male candidates--even John Glenn. Just one week before Funk was to enter the final phase of training, the entire program was abruptly cancelled. Politics and prejudice meant that none of the more-than-qualified women ever went to space. Undeterred, Funk went on to become one of America's first female aviation inspectors and civilian flight instructors, though her dream of being an astronaut never dimmed. In this offbeat odyssey, journalist and fellow space buff Sue Nelson travels with Wally Funk, approaching her 80th birthday, as she races to make her giant leap. Covering their travels across the United States and Europe--taking in NASA's mission control in Houston and Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Funk's ride to space awaits--this is a uniquely intimate and entertaining portrait of a true aviation trailblazer."--Dust jacket flap.

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