Have you ever heard of the "Mercury 13" women? Did you know that nearly twenty years before the first women were let into NASA's astronaut program there were others who tried? What are the requirements for being shot into space, piloting a hunk of metal while carrying the hopes and fears of your nation? Mastery of flying, as well as courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and fitness - any checklist would certainly include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was an unspoken rule in place: astronauts must be male, and they must be white. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved not only that they were as tough as any man but also that they were brave enough to challenge the government. Their passage to space was blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and a note scrawled by one of the most powerful men in Washington. But in the end, their inspiring example empowered young women to take their rightful place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.
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"In the 1950s and '60s, thirteen female pilots, known as the "Mercury 13," applied to become astronauts. Susan Ericksen performs this compelling account of their attempt to join the U.S. space program, expertly integrating conversational narrative, compelling quotations, and contrasting viewpoints. Ericksen increases her pace while describing the rigorous water and airborne survival tests experienced by the women and injects a tone of pride when reporting their superior psychological and physiological performance. Ericksen's sassy attitude portrays the Mercury 13's resistance to the scorn and prejudice voiced by leaders like President Johnson and astronaut John Glenn. Indeed, none of them made it into the space program--at best, they were viewed as having "the right stuff at the wrong time." The book's last chapter recounts women's later successes in the field of aeronautics, and Ericksen delivers these with passion. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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