Almost Astronauts

Almost Astronauts

13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Book - 2009
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The story of the Mercury 13 women.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009.
Edition: First paperback edition first edition.
ISBN: 9780763636111
9780763645021
0763645028
Branch Call Number: 629.4500922 ST72
Characteristics: 133 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm

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In 1961, women were expected to be wives and mothers; they couldn’t rent a car or take out a loan without a husband’s signature. Pilot Jerrie Cobb, who had more hours in the air than John Glenn, passed all the tests the astronauts took with flying colors, as did 13 other women pilots who dreamed of spaceflight. They had the right stuff, but were the wrong sex, and it wasn’t until 1978 that women were admitted to the space program. Illus. with photos.

In 1961, women were expected to be wives and mothers; they couldn’t rent a car or take out a loan without a husband’s signature. Pilot Jerrie Cobb, who had more hours in the air than John Glenn, passed all the tests the astronauts took with flying colors, as did 13 other women pilots who dreamed of spaceflight. They had the right stuff, but were the wrong sex, and it wasn’t until 1978 that women were admitted to the space program. Illus. with photos.

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