Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Tanya Lee Stone, Author, Margaret A. Weitekamp, Foreword by
Tanya Lee Stone, Author, Margaret A. Weitekamp, Foreword by . Candlewick $24.99 (133p) ISBN 978-0-7636-3611-1 ISBN 978-0-7636-4502-1
Reviewed on: 05/04/2009
Release date: 02/01/2009
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Enlivened by numerous b&w and color photographs, this thorough book takes readers back to the early 1960s to tell the story of 13 women who underwent a battery of physical endurance tests (including hours spent in a deprivation tank) and psychological analysis to determine their readiness to travel in space. A gripping narrative surfaces in Stone's text, as the women are repeatedly thwarted by NASA, discriminated against and patronized by society (“Gene Nora Stumbough's boss said she couldn't have time off. So she quit. Sarah Gorelick had the same problem.... So she quit”). Readers with an interest in history and in women's struggle for equality will undoubtedly be moved. Ages 10–up. (Feb.)