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" . . . warmly welcomed and recommended and with the CD-ROM it is excellent value." -- Spaceflight - British Interplanetary Society - Apr ‘03

". . .a valuable addition to any exploration library, and should be especially important to girls and young women . . ." -- SB&F (Science Books & Films) – Mar / Apr ‘03

About the Author

Laura S. Woodmansee is a science journalist and the author of Sex in Space and Women in Space.

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Product Details

  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.; Pap/Cdr edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896522874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896522876
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,439,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John R. Keller on October 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
In the past four years, Apogee Books has compiled a variety NASA documents, press kits, crew interviews and the like, which recount the early days of the space race, focusing primarily on the race to be the first country to land a man on the moon. For the latest installment in the Apogee Space series, the author examines a facet of space exploration that was missing during the Apollo era. That is, women astronauts. One important thing to note, as stated by the author on the back cover, this book is geared towards girls and young women and as such the book is a bit light on technical details.
The book opens with a nice overview of a typical space shuttle mission and living on orbit and covers such things as sleeping, eating, clothes, working, etc. The book then covers an early woman in space program called FLATS - First Lady Astronaut Trainee, which was a program to examine the possibility of putting women into space in the 1960's. Here, the book, unlike some other texts on the subject, accurately presents the FLATS program as only a medical study of several female subjects undergoing the same medical tests that the NASA astronauts did and not a parallel program to the all-male Mercury program. It is important to note that the FLATS could have lead to women in space, however, the program was killed by the Johnson Administration. Next, the book presents, a chronological history of women in space and all their achievements. The book then presents one to two page biographies on all the women astronauts (Russian, NASA and other countries) that have flown and all the candidate astronauts. The section encompasses approximately 60% of the book. The book then concludes with an extremely interesting section on space medicine related to women and what it takes to be an astronaut.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. R. S. Godwin on August 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm one of the team who published this book and worked closely with Laura. We decided that it was very important to try to get young women interested in Space again, after all if Space is going to be a boys club it is doomed to failure.
We interviewed many of the women who have already flown in space, some on video on the CD Rom which is included in the book. We had wonderful help from Bonnie Dunbar in the making of this book.
One of the key elements was that we wanted to make the astronaut more easily understood for a young woman. (Not just what her PhD was) So we asked them about their childhoods: what was their favorite book, toy, movie, etc., as well as what sports they played, what other activities they enjoyed, and how they first became interested in space. The answers were amazing and we all learned much about what makes these amazing women tick.
They truly are a beacon for our children to emulate. This book is designed to help any young girl to follow her dreams especially if those dreams involve being involved in our species future in space.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie Berryhill on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
It is unfortunate that someone finds it necessary to disparage a book which, by their own admission, they only browsed and did not read, yet called "incomplete." This book is not intended to be the Space Shuttle Operator's Manual, that book already exists. The book should be judged based on what it is, not on what it isn't. What it is, is an engaging look at the women who have, through exceptional skill, hard work, and dedication, broken into the previously all-male bastion of the U.S. Astronaut Corps. In no way does it imply that women aren't as good as men, nor that they did less to get into the program. I, too, have always been interested in science (an interest that led to several degrees). A book very much like this one when I was in high school (I don't recall the name) inspired me to enter the Air Force, and it didn't have the "technical" information, either. I hope this sets the record straight. If you are, or are close to, a girl or young woman who shows any interest in space, this book will be a valuable read.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Irene Schneider, nome de plume 'Ihrenes' on August 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Despite the fact that I have not read the entire book,

I have browsed it carefully and decided I would not buy it

for the following reasons:

- It makes me angry me that just because it is a book about

Women Astronauts and it is perhaps more directed

towards 'girls', that it lacks the proper technical

descriptions and scientific treatment and material that many of us

would like to see. This is particularly bothersome

since perhaps it is perpetuating the

concept that 'girls' are not smart enough or not able

to grasp scientific/technical terms just as good as

men are. I happen to be a Physicist and I happen to

have a farely good grasp of 'technical and scientific

terms' and this was the same when I was `young girl' and despite

the fact that I am a very 'girly' girl.

Furthermore, it may give the impression that these

women astronauts did not undergo the same thorough

trainning as the men did since their description is

'lighter' than the other books involving men. As the

another reviewer pointed out, the whole highlight of

their careers as military fighter pilots and else

was simply ignored and apparently

so were other highly technical aspects of their


This is not in my view a proper message to 'young

girls' out there since it tends to understimate these

fabulous women's roles in space and as perfectly and

equally capable trained super individuals as the rest of

the male astronauts.
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