Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race

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Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002 - Social Science - 356 pages
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In 1959, the doctor who supervised NASA's astronaut selection concluded that women might fare better in space than men. His testing of 25 top female pilots for reactions to isolation, centrifuge, and weightlessness proved him right, and 13 exceptional candidates were identified. Despite countless personal and professional sacrifices, these women joined NASA's clandestine new program which, after two intensive years, was suddenly, and mysteriously, canceled. Promised the Moon chronicles the dramatic story of the rise and fall of these pioneering female astronauts, patriots betrayed by men like John Glenn, who opposed women astronauts, and by someone from their own ranks. The first writer to track down the surviving Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees, Stephanie Nolen vividly brings this fascinating and timely tale to life. Historical photographs are included in this riveting account.

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Review: Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race

User Review  - Yensy - Goodreads

Promise the Moon is a very captivating book. The book talks about all a lot of women and how they started in the aviation field. It was very hard but many were very successful. This success drove them ... Read full review

Review: Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race

User Review  - Jorge - Goodreads

A very clear, concise little-known tale of the effort to include women in the early space program during the 50s and 60s. It provides an interesting look into the sexual stereotypes and limited opportunities for women in airspace during those years. A very cool read!! Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Stephanie Nolen is the Johannesburg bureau chief for "The Globe and Mail, " the national newspaper of Canada. She recently reported from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and currently covers the AIDS pandemic in Africa. She is the author of "Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race.

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