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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

by Tanya Lee Stone

They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any...

They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

Hardcover - 134 pages - in English - $24.99
ISBN: 0763636118 (ISBN13: 9780763636111)
Published Feb 24, 2009 by Candlewick Press
First published 2000

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This book will be a great addition to my classroom's famous women book bin.

This book will be a great addition to my classroom's famous women book bin.

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My 3rd graders consist of a lively bunch of students who come from a culturally diverse population. Each student brings a wide range of valuable skills,...

My 3rd graders consist of a lively bunch of students who come from a culturally diverse population. Each student brings a wide range of valuable skills, experiences and learning styles. I enjoy their excitement and curiosity about learning. My students are from an urban public school and are valuable members that create a caring community with their peers, teachers and staff.

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