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Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars
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The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.

In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.
" If Hidden Figures has you itching to learn more about the women who worked in the space program, pick up Nathalia Holt's lively, immensely readable history, Rise of the Rocket Girls ." -- Entertainment Weekly
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This absorbing offering sheds light on the women involved in the international space race in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s at California's Jet Propulsion Lab. An inspiring, stirring work that will appeal to teens interested in history, science, and feminism. ( Baugh, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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*Starred Review* Wow! Talk about forgotten history! Holt (Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV, 2014), tackles the lost story of women at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, giving readers not only an inside look at how it came to have the highest percentage of female employees in NASA but also how JPL itself was formed and how its revolutionary projects (Voyager, Mars rovers) were developed. Those interested in space history will find much to enjoy here, but it is the stories of the women involved, highlighted in sections by decade, that commands attention. Their role as computers individuals capable of making blazingly fast calculations of the highest math was critical to JPL's success, and their department became a bastion for women in the workplace. The computers worked long hours, married, had children, left to raise families, and often returned out of longing for the achievements possible at JPL. Holt interviewed many of them and mined existing histories for insights, and her stellar research is evident on every page. This is an excellent contribution to American history, valuable not only for what it reveals about the space program and gender equality but even more as great reading. Book clubs will be lining up.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2016 Booklist
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Prefacep. xi
January 1958: Launch Dayp. 3
Part I1940s
Chapter 1Up, Up, and Awayp. 7
Chapter 2Headed Westp. 37
Part II1950s
Chapter 3Rockets Risingp. 55
Chapter 4Miss Guided Missilep. 78
Chapter 5Holding Backp. 102
Chapter 6Ninety Days and Ninety Minutesp. 123
Chapter 7Moonglowp. 142
Part III1960s
Chapter 8Analog Overlords
Chapter 9Planetary Pull
Chapter 10The Last Queen of Outer Space
Part IV1970s-Today
Chapter 11Men Are from Marsp. 231
Chapter 12Look Like a Girlp. 253
Epiloguep. 285
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Notesp. 293
Indexp. 325
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