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Almost Astronauts: The Story Of The Merc

Almost Astronauts: The Story Of The Merc (Hardback)

By Stone, Tanya Lee

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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? Mastery at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, being in top shape - any checklist would certainly in...clude 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 not only proved that they were as tough as the toughest man, but were brave enough to challenge the government. Their passage to space was blocked by prejudice, by jealousy, by the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But, in the end, they did not lose, for their inspiring example empowered young women to take their rightful place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules that could bring human beings to distant planets. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.
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ISBN 9780763636111
Released NZ 1 May 2009
Publisher Candlewick Press,U.S
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780763636111
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Candlewick Press,U.S
Imprint Candlewick Press,U.S.
Released 1 May 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stone, Tanya Lee
Category Award Winning
Space Science & Technology
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 236mm
Height: 259mm
Spine: 11mm
Dewey Code 629.450092273
Weight 636g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Women astronauts, Astronauts, Sex discrimination against women, Women astronauts - United States, Project Mercury (U.S.) - History
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Primary & secondary/elementary & high school