Gibson, Karen Bush.

Women in Space : 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures - Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2014. - 1 online resource (244 p.) - eBooks on Demand Women of Action . - Women of Action .

Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Introduction; Part I: The Mercury 13; The Astronauts Who Never Were; Part II: Cosmonauts; Valentina Tereshkova: First in Space; Svetlana Savitskaya: No Apron for Her; Elena Kondakova: Long Duration in Space; Yelena Serova: Ready and Waiting; Part III: 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 CommanderCatherine "Cady" Coleman: Musical Astronaut; Pamela Melroy: Piloting in Space; Peggy Whitson: Space Station Commander; Sunita Williams: Breaking Records; Barbara Morgan: Teachers in Space; Part IV: 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 Space flight; Acknowledgments; Notes; Glossary Online Resources for Further ReadingBibliography; Index; About the Author; About the Series; Back Cover

Twenty-three women from 10 different countries whose careers span a half century of human spaceflight are profiled in this educational book for young readers. Women in Space features such figures as Sally Ride, the first American woman to orbit the earth; Peggy Whitson, who logged more than a year in orbit while aboard the International Space Station; Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space; and astronauts from Japan, Canada, Italy, South Korea, and France. Additional attention is paid to the women of Mercury 13, a program that trained women in the same screening tests administered to the men who became the first astronauts at NASA. Space pioneer Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 became the first woman to rocket into space, is also profiled. These stories of the pilots, physicists, and doctors who broke the stratospheric ceiling demonstrate the vital role women have played in the history of space exploration.

9781613748459 15.99 (NL)

Air pilots -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Astronauts -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women astronauts -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women in astronautics -- Juvenile literature.

Electronic books.

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