The Mercury 13

The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight

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Author: Martha Ackmann

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588360377

Category: History

Page: 256

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For readers of The Astronaut Wives Club, The Mercury 13 reveals the little-known true story of the remarkable women who trained for NASA space flight. In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by the boys’ club at NASA and on Capitol Hill. The USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years. For the first time, Martha Ackmann tells the story of the dramatic events surrounding these thirteen remarkable women, all crackerjack pilots and patriots who sometimes sacrificed jobs and marriages for a chance to participate in America’s space race against the Soviet Union. In addition to talking extensively to these women, Ackmann interviewed Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and others at NASA and in the White House with firsthand knowledge of the program, and includes here never-before-seen photographs of the Mercury 13 passing their Lovelace tests. Despite the crushing disappointment of watching their dreams being derailed, the Mercury 13 went on to extraordinary achievement in their lives: Jerrie Cobb, who began flying when she was so small she had to sit on pillows to see out of the cockpit, dedicated her life to flying solo missions to the Amazon rain forest; Wally Funk, who talked her way into the Lovelace trials, went on to become one of the first female FAA investigators; Janey Hart, mother of eight and, at age forty, the oldest astronaut candidate, had the political savvy to steer the women through congressional hearings and later helped found the National Organization for Women. A provocative tribute to these extraordinary women, The Mercury 13 is an unforgettable story of determination, resilience, and inextinguishable hope. From the Hardcover edition.

Hidden Figures - Unerkannte Heldinnen

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Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 3959676433

Category: History

Page: 416

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1943 stellt das Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory der NACA,die später zur NASA wird, erstmalig afroamerikanische Frauen ein. "Menschliche Rechner" - unter ihnen Dorothy Vaughan, die 1953 Vorgesetzte der brillanten afroamerikanischen Mathematikerin Katherine Johnson wird. Trotz Diskriminierung und Vorurteilen, treiben sie die Forschungen der NASA voran und Katherine Johnsons Berechnungen werden maßgeblich für den Erfolg der Apollo-Missionen. Dies ist ihre Geschichte. "Mit dieser unglaublich mitreißenden und vielschichtigen Erzählung zeigt Shetterly ihr Können. Die Geschichte begeistert in allen Aspekten." Booklist

Almost Astronauts

13 Women Who Dared to Dream

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Author: Tanya Lee Stone

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763656097

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

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What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

To Touch the Face of God

The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957–1975

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Author: Kendrick Oliver

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421408341

Category: History

Page: 248

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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth..." In 1968 the world watched as Earth rose over the moonscape, televised from the orbiting Apollo 8 mission capsule. Radioing back to Houston on Christmas Eve, astronauts recited the first ten verses from the book of Genesis. In fact, many of the astronauts found space flight to be a religious experience. To Touch the Face of God is the first book-length historical study of the relationship between religion and the U.S. space program. Kendrick Oliver explores the role played by religious motivations in the formation of the space program and discusses the responses of religious thinkers such as Paul Tillich and C. S. Lewis. Examining the attitudes of religious Americans, Oliver finds that the space program was a source of anxiety as well as inspiration. It was not always easy for them to tell whether it was a godly or godless venture. Grounded in original archival research and the study of participant testimonies, this book also explores one of the largest petition campaigns of the post-war era. Between 1969 and 1975, more than eight million Americans wrote to NASA expressing support for prayer and bible-reading in space. Oliver’s study is rigorous and detailed but also contemplative in its approach, examining the larger meanings of mankind’s first adventures in "the heavens." -- James Gilbert, University of Maryland, College Park

Wally Funk's Race for Space

The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer

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Author: Sue Nelson

Publisher: Saqi Books

ISBN: 1908906359

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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In 1961, Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to pass the ‘Women in Space’ programme. Wally sailed through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests, her scores beating many of the male candidates’, including those of John Glenn, the first American in orbit. But just one week before she was due to enter the final phase of training, the programme was abruptly cancelled. A combination of politics and prejudice meant that none of the women ever flew into space. Undeterred, Wally went on to become one of America’s first female aviation inspectors and civilian flight instructors, though her dream of being an astronaut never dimmed. In this offbeat odyssey, journalist and fellow space buff Sue Nelson travels with Wally, now approaching her eightieth birthday, as she races to make her giant leap – before it’s too late. Covering their travels across the United States and Europe – taking in NASA’s mission control in Houston and Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Wally’s ride to space awaits – this is a uniquely intimate and entertaining portrait of a true aviation trailblazer.

Curveball

The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League

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Author: Martha Ackmann

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1569766843

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Documenting multiple challenges at every turn--as a target for racism from society at large and sexism both inside and outside of the Negro League--this is the unique story of the first woman to play professional baseball on a men's team, breaking barriers in sports while believing, "There's got to be a first in everything. Maybe it will be me." Highlighting aggressive and resourceful behaviors, the text explains that as players began to leave the Negro League for major league teams, Toni Stone seized her only opportunity to play professional ball and replaced Henry Aaron on the Indianapolis Clowns, the Negro League's top team. Chronicling her career, this biography follows her experiences playing first with the Indianapolis Clowns, and later with the Kansas City Monarchs. It also details her encounters with the era's top athletes--Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Buck O'Neil, and Satchel Paige to name a few. As the exploration reveals her remarkable talent, perseverance, and accomplishments, it shows how she posed as a double threat--black and female--to the dominance of white males in sports and society.

Women Aviators

26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys

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Author: Karen Bush Gibson

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613745435

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Detailing the role of women in aviation, from the very first days of flight to the present, this rich exploration of the subject profiles 26 women pilots who sought out and met challenges both in the sky and on the ground. Divided into six chronologically arranged sections, this book composes a minihistory of aviation. Learn about pioneers such as Katherine Wright, called by many the "Third Wright Brother," and Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France, the first woman awarded a license to fly. Read about barnstormers like Bessie Coleman and racers like Louise Thaden, who bested Amelia Earhart to win the 1929 Women's Air Derby. Additional short biography sidebars for other key figures and lists of supplemental resources for delving deeper into the history of the subject are also included.

Dienstags bei Morrie

Die Lehre eines Lebens

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Author: Mitch Albom

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641221188

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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»Wenn du lernst, wie man stirbt, dann lernst du, wie man lebt.« Als er erfährt, dass sein ehemaliger Professor Morrie Schwartz schwer erkrankt ist und bald sterben wird, beginnt der Journalist Mitch Albom seinen Lehrer jede Woche zu besuchen. Und er, der meinte, dem Sterbenden Kraft und Trost spenden zu müssen, lernt stattdessen dienstags bei Morrie das Leben neu zu betrachten und zu verstehen.

Plötzlich blond

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Author: Meg Cabot

Publisher: cbj Verlag

ISBN: 3641039169

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

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Was wäre, wenn ... ich plötzlich schön wäre? - Witzige Verwechslungskomödie mit Tiefgang Beauty-Sessions und It-Girl-Getue findet die superintelligente Emerson Watts eigentlich total doof. Wer so blond ist wie Super-Beauty Nikki Howard, kann doch eigentlich nur blöd sein, oder? Doch ein unglücklicher Zufall will es, dass Emerson eines Tages im schönen Körper jener Nikki Howard aufwacht. Plötzlich ist sie beliebt und begehrt und die süßesten Jungs stehen Schlange. Vielleicht ist blond sein doch ganz nett, denkt Emerson? Wäre da nicht ihr bester Freund und heimlicher Schwarm Christopher, der völlig immun gegen ihre neuen Reize zu sein scheint ... Ein Christopher-Eroberungsplan muss her, aber plötzlich! Top-Thema »Vorher-Nachher« pfiffig und urkomisch umgesetzt.

Blattgeflüster

Die wunderbare Welt der Pflanzen. Aus dem Leben einer leidenschaftlichen Forscherin

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Author: Hope Jahren

Publisher: Ludwig

ISBN: 3641114381

Category: Science

Page: 416

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Eine hinreißende Geschichte über Pflanzen, Liebe und die Wissenschaft Hope Jahren hat das, wovon viele Menschen träumen: einen Beruf, der ihr Herz und ihr Leben erfüllt. Seit sie denken kann, ist die Geo-Biologin fasziniert von der Natur – von Pflanzen, Bäumen, Blättern, Samenkörnern und den unglaublichen Geschichten, die sie uns erzählen, sogar noch in fossiler Form. Wie ist es beispielsweise möglich, dass ein Kirschkern hundert Jahre lang geduldig warten kann, bis er sich auf einmal dazu entscheidet zu keimen? Hope Jahrens Werdegang von der kindlichen Forscherin zur angesehenen Wissenschaftlerin, die sich trotz zahlreicher Hindernisse in einer Männerwelt behauptet, ist eine inspirierende und mitreißende Geschichte voller Leidenschaft, Durchhaltevermögen und ewiger Neugierde. Ein wunderbares Gleichnis über die Kraft der Natur und die Freude des Entdeckens, das einen ganz neuen Blick auf die Pflanzenwelt eröffnet. Seite für Seite. Blatt für Blatt. Für die New York Times ist Hope Jahrens »Blattgeflüster« eines der 100 besten Bücher des Jahres 2016.

Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Best books

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Lieber Mr. Salinger

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Author: Joanna Rakoff

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 3641091586

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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„Eine Liebeserklärung an die Zeit kurz vor der digitalen Revolution und an die immerwährende Kraft der Literatur.“ The Chicago Tribune Von ihnen gibt es Hunderte: blitzgescheite junge Frauen, frisch von der Uni und mit dem festen Vorsatz, in der Welt der Bücher Fuß zu fassen. Joanna Rakoff war eine von ihnen. 1996 kommt sie nach New York, um die literarische Szene zu erobern. Doch zunächst landet sie in einer Agentur für Autoren und wird mit einem Büroalltag konfrontiert, der sie in eine längst vergangen geglaubte Zeit katapultiert. Joanna lernt erst das Staunen kennen, dann einen kauzigen Kultautor – und schließlich sich selber.

Don't eat the marshmallow ... yet!

das süße Geheimnis von Erfolg

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Author: Joachim de Posada,Ellen Singer

Publisher: GABAL Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3869361093

Category: Law

Page: 112

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Wenn du mit dem Essen des Marshmallows noch ein bisschen wartest, kriegst du noch eins!« Vor diese Entscheidung wurden in den 60er Jahren in einem wissenschaftlichen Experiment einige Kinder gestellt. Diejenigen, die der süßen Versuchung widerstehen konnten, waren im späteren Leben deutlich erfolgreicher als die Kinder, die ihren Marshmallow sofort aßen. Das Experiment und die Erkenntnisse daraus sind Grundlage für die unterhaltsame wie lehrreiche Geschichte von Don’t Eat the Marshmallow ... Yet! Jonathan ist ein intelligenter und erfolgreicher Geschäftsmann, Arthur sein nicht minder intelligenter Chauffeur. Warum ist Jonathan erfolgreich und Arthur nicht? Für Joachim de Posada liegt die Erklärung nicht darin, dass Jonathan härter arbeitet oder intelligenter ist. Sondern darin, dass Jonathan kurzfristigen Versuchungen widerstehen kann und Arthur ein »Marshmallow-Esser« ist. Das Buch (USA 2005) ist ein internationaler Bestseller, wurde über 2 Millionen Mal verkauft und bislang in sechzehn Sprachen übersetzt.

USA in space

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Author: Russell R. Tobias,David G. Fisher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 2014

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This books includes 280 essays covering U.S. major space programs, piloted and robotic missions, satellites, space centers, space planes, and issues from the earliest missions to the present.

Library Journal

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Category: Libraries

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.