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Women Astronauts: Apogee Books Space Series 25 Paperback – July 1, 2002
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". . .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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›