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Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone
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Jun 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: youth-non-fiction
Read in June, 2009

This book is a great look at the thirteen women that were a part of the “Mercury 13” program, what that process was, and how and why it didn’t lead to any of these women being sent into space. It incorporates the history of the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of WWII, and spans to the 1999 Columbia flight in which Eileen Collins was the first woman to command a space shuttle flight. It is successful at telling this story of women in space and flight while accurately showing the historical perspective of women rights, and the challenges and prejudices that they faced. The author was able to get many first hand accounts from the women that participated giving many primary resources to complement the secondary ones.

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