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Almost Astronauts – Tanya Lee Stone

Posted by Laura on July 17, 2009

Almost astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream tells the story of how in the early days of NASA, women were kept out of the astronaut program.  No matter that the women tested were shown to have a greater tolerance to isolation then the men.  No matter that it is more cost effective to send women into space because they typically weigh less.  None of that mattered at the time.  Read this book to find out the reasons, which really were no more than bad excuses.  What you discover may be surprising.

This book is well written and has a lot of great photographs.  While reading I was entirely interested and felt excited, angry, sad, exhilarated, vindicated and so very proud.  I am going to stay Earth bound, but I am happy that there are women, and men, who are willing to go and explore beyond our planet for all of us.  Oh, and I am also thankful.

~ The author includes a lot of great references to read more about the Mercury 13 and the women who came after.

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One Response to “Almost Astronauts – Tanya Lee Stone”

  1. Laura said

    Almost Astronauts won the 2010 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal from the American Library Association. From the ALA website: “The Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature.”

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