The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA’s first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA’s first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman’s place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone.
Your guide and narrator is Mary Cleave, who both made history and saw it first-hand. Mary became an astronaut in 1980, was Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) on five Space Shuttle flights including Sally Ride’s first mission. After traveling almost 4 million miles in space herself on two Shuttle missions, she served as Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, where she helped decide what robots go to space.
So join Mary, Sally Ride, the Mercury 13, Valentina Tereshkova, Carolyn Huntoon, and many more (including Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura from Star Trek — yes, she played a role in real exploration too!) on the journey of a lifetime.
“Exhilarating—as well as hilarious, enraging, or both at once depending on the reader. “—Kirkus, Starred Review”
“Wicks and Ottaviani skillfully capture Cleave’s infectious enthusiasm up to the last page.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Gobs of humor, lively artwork, and tidy explanations of the science make this a standout among the vast field of books about the U.S. space program.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“[A] tale that balances anger and frustration with generous doses of humor and sweet triumphs.” —Discover