Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven

The Story of Women in Space

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the contributions of forty space-faring women, from the unsuccessful 1962 case of three accomplished female pilots and the unique challenges presented to women astronauts to the heroic achievements of Valentina Tereshkov, Kalpana Chawla, and others. 30,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
The fascinating-and untold-tale of space-faring women, from Valentina Tereshkova to Kalpana Chawla

When we first blasted our way into space a generation ago, we did so with men from each of the superpowers. Women were excluded from one of the most exciting adventures of the century-and not because they weren't up to the challenge. In 1962, three accomplished female pilots took their case before the U.S. Congress, but they were dismissed as unpatriotic. We were in a Cold War-a space race-and NASA had already chosen the Mercury Seven to represent America. In Almost Heaven, acclaimed writer Bettyann Kevles gives voice to the women of the space age-women who had the "right stuff," but had to struggle to prove it. Through intensive interviews and meticulous research, Kevles illuminates what makes these women tick. What were their unique concerns as female astronauts? Were they truly accepted into the astronaut corps, or were they merely "tokens"? She also poses a question that will affect generations to come: Is NASA preparing women as well as men for travel beyond Earth's orbit, or is the research still biased toward men?The stories of these forty women, told here for the first time in rich and colorful detail, explore the convergence of culture and science-and suggest the battle is far from over.

Book News
Kevles (Yale U.) profiles women's involvement in the U.S. space program, from the first baker's dozen of the 1960's and their failed lobbying for equal status in the program to Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark's doomed mission on the space shuttle Columbia . Kevles places the stories of these women in the context of the social upheavals of the times, including the central place of the space program in the Cold War and the rise of the civil rights and women's movements. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780738202099
Branch Call Number: 629.4500922 KEV
Characteristics: 274 p. : ill


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