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Women In Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures

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When Valentina Tereshkova blasted off aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963, she became the first woman to rocket into space. It would be nineteen 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 twenty-three pioneers from around the world, including Eileen Collins, the first woman to command the space shuttle; Peggy Whitson, who orbited aboard the International Space Station for more than a year; and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. 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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Karen Bush Gibson




Chicago Review Press

Recommended Ages:

12+ years

Valentina Tereshkova, Svetlana Savitskaya, Sally Ride, Eileen Collins, Peggy Whitson, Mae Jemison

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Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:

"This illuminating gathering of role models is also bolstered with sheaves of source notes and useful references to further resources."
-- Booklist

"An informative and hopeful overview of underrecognized scientists and explorers in a male-dominated field."
-- Publisher's Weekly

"valuable... an informative introductory overview of the many important contributions women have made to space exploration."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"an important addition to women's-history collections."
-- School Library Journal

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