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Women in Space

23 Stories Of First Flights, Scientific Missions, And Gravity-breaking Adventures

By Karen Bush Gibson

When Valentina Tereshkova blasted off aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963, she became the first woman to rocket into space. It would be 19 years before another woman got a chance—cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982—followed by American astronaut Sally Ride a year later. By breaking the stratospheric ceiling, these women forged a path for many female astronauts, cosmonauts, and mission specialists to follow.

            Women in Space profiles 23 pioneers, including Eileen Collins, the first woman to command the space shuttle; Peggy Whitson, who logged more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station; and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space; as well as astronauts from Japan, Canada, Italy, South Korea, France, and more. Readers will also learn about the Mercury 13, American women selected by NASA in the late 1950s to train for spaceflight. Though they matched and sometimes surpassed their male counterparts in performance, they were ultimately denied the opportunity to head out to the launching pad. Their story, and the stories of the pilots, physicists, and doctors who followed them, demonstrate the vital role women have played in the quest for scientific understanding.

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Format: Book
Author: Gibson, Karen Bush
Summary: Stories of the female pilots, physicists, and doctors who broke the stratospheric ceiling.
Title: Women in space : 23 stories of first flights, scientific missions, and gravity-breaking adventures / Karen Bush Gibson.
Subject: Women astronauts -- Biography -- Teen literature. Women in astronautics -- Teen literature.
Isbn: 9781613748442 (cloth) 1613748442 (cloth)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
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Call Number: TNF BIOGRAPHY Group Gib
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Bib Id: 508320

Format: Book
Author: Gibson, Karen Bush.
Summary: Stories of the female pilots, physicists, and doctors who broke the stratospheric ceiling.
Title: Women in space : 23 stories of first flights, scientific missions, and gravity-breaking adventures / Karen Bush Gibson.
Description: 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Target Audience Note: 12+
Series: Women of action
Series: Women of action (Chicago, Ill.)
Subjects: Women astronauts -- Biography -- Teen literature.
Subjects: Women in astronautics -- Teen literature.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references( pages 221-227) and index.
Contents: The Mercury 13. The astronauts who never were -- Cosmonauts. Valentina Tereshkova : first in space ; Svetlana Savitskaya : no apron for her ; Elena Kondakova : long-duration in space ; Yelena Serova : ready and waiting -- American women join the space race. Sally Ride : first American woman in space ; Judith Resnik : all she ever wanted to do ; Kathryn Sullivan : a walk into history ; Shannon Lucid : a Russian favorite ; Mae Jemison : doctor astronaut ; Ellen Ochoa : career astronaut ; Eileen Collins : space shuttle commander ; Catherine "Cady" Coleman : musical astronaut ; Pamela Melroy : piloting in space ; Peggy Whitson : space station commander ; Sunita Williams : breaking records ; Barbara Morgan : teachers in space -- World astronauts. Roberta Bondar : living a childhood dream ; Chiaki Mukai : opening doors ; Claudie André-Deshays Haigneré : French astronaut and Soyuz commander ; Yi Soyeon : first from Korea ; Kalpana Chawla : a tragic end -- Liu Yang : flying knight in space -- Samantha Cristoforetti : military pilot astronaut -- The future of spaceflight.
LCCN: 2013024950
ISBN: 9781613748442 (cloth)
ISBN: 1613748442 (cloth)
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Call Number: TNF BIOGRAPHY Group Gib