Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

by Nathalia Holt
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

by Nathalia Holt

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316338905
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 177,228
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)

About the Author

Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars and Cured: The People who Defeated HIV. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and Time. She is a former Fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard University. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in Pacific Grove, California.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

January 1958: Launch Day 3

Part I 1940s

Chapter 1 Up, Up, and Away 7

Chapter 2 Headed West 37

Part II 1950s

Chapter 3 Rockets Rising 55

Chapter 4 Miss Guided Missile 78

Chapter 5 Holding Back 102

Chapter 6 Ninety Days and Ninety Minutes 123

Chapter 7 Moonglow 142

Part III 1960s

Chapter 8 Analog Overlords 159

Chapter 9 Planetary Pull 187

Chapter 10 The Last Queen of Outer Space 212

Part IV 1970s-Today

Chapter 11 Men Are from Mars 231

Chapter 12 Look Like a Girl 253

Epilogue 285

Acknowledgments 289

Notes 293

Index 325

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