Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone, is published by Candlewick Press. 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 thirteen other determined women, who became known as the 'Mercury 13', tried and were turned down. Each of these women proved their mastery of flying, as well as courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and fitness 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. Honor book for Older Children 2010.

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