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Almost Heaven: Women On The Frontiers Of Space

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
When we first blasted our way into space a generation ago, we did so with men from each of the superpowers. Women were excluded from one of the most exciting adventures of the century-and not because they weren't up to the challenge. In 1962, three accomplished female pilots took their case before the U.S. Congress, but they were dismissed as unpatriotic. We were in a Cold ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by Basic Books (first published October 1st 2003)
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Michael Arden
Sep 03, 2012 Michael Arden rated it it was amazing
This is the story of the courageous, oft-times brilliant women who pioneered in outer space despite all the frustrations they faced along the way. Starting with the story of Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, through the aborted Mercury 13 project that saw NASA begin to train thirteen American women who volunteered for space flight only to unceremoniously dismiss them, to the triumphant yet tragic era of the Shuttle, the author covers her subject articulately and ...more
Michelle
Oct 11, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
An overview of women astronauts starting from the Mercury 13, Kevles focuses on individuals, but covers the breadth at the expense of the depth. Many of the women were interviewed by her, and they share their feelings about being in a male dominated field, but Kevles seldom moves beyond the individual to generalize their experiences.

Still, I learned a lot and it was interesting reading.
Edie
Sep 09, 2015 Edie rated it it was ok
I was SO looking forward to this book and was SO disappointed. Utterly dry and boring. Can be summed up: There were women, who were astronauts. Sometimes they faced sexism, sometimes they didn't. Lots of times they MAY have faced sexism but ::shrug emoji:: who's to say what [NASA's] intentions were?
Roxanne
Feb 01, 2016 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book about 40 women who have been pioneers in the space program, I think they ate great.
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May 29, 2011 Gemma rated it it was amazing
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This book has changed my life! I want to be an astronaut (Gemma scurries off to find someone who will teach her A-level maths & physics ... )
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