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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316338929
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 477,364
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Nathalia Holt is the author of Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV and a former Fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and Time. She lives in Boston.

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

Chapter 9 Planetary Pull

Chapter 10 The Last Queen of Outer Space

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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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our nation owes a large debt of gratitude to these women who were instrumental in the development and successes of our exploration and knowledge of outer space. Also, a special thanks to author, Nathalie Holt for her dedicated research in bringing the story to light. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing true stories of the women who were the backbone of rocketry, missles, satellites and all aspects of space exploration. The scientific research Ms. Holt had to do in an area outside of her area of expertise must have been daunting, but the joy she takes in conveying the history of missions such as Voyager and Magellan and how female engineers were essential to their success is truly mind-boggling. Great photos, too! I hated to turn the last page. Kudos to Ms. Holt and also to the Rocket Girls!
3no7 More than 1 year ago
"Rise of the Rocket Girls" is a great book, and I highly recommend it. "Rise of the Rocket Girls." It tells the story of the WOMEN who started JPL and the whole space program. They created history and the whole aerospace industry with mechanical pencils, slide rules, and carbon paper. The guys in the white shirts and ties may have gotten all the publicity, but the women did all the work. The author based the book on interviews with the women who worked and lived JPL. It is incredibly well written and flows easily from decade to decade as the space program grows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Fantastic non-fiction read! In telling us the story about the women of the Jet Propulsion Lab, Holt brings us a the bonus of another angle of the rise and development of the space exploration era. This one peers at the history from outside Cape Canaveral/Kennedy, and thus provides a fuller understanding of how widespread the industry has been - there is so much more than "just" NASA. This book will appeal to a broad spectrum - men and women, older and youthful. While containing trivial memoir-style annecdotes that infuse the more technical discussions with personal interest and keep the book from getting heavy, it's not a Chick Lit piece that would bore someone like my husband (in fact, he's reading it now). (And don't take my words to indicate that he's a chauvinist, because he's no such thing, and he loves strong female characters - just, living in a house of all women and girls, he sometimes feels that certain books or movies have "too much estrogen for me right now". This book definitely will not do that for him.) The writing is very engaging, so no yawning over Holt's work. Rise leaves me wanting to find recent books about the planets and their moons, and wanting to find out more from my father about his time working on the Space Shuttle programming. The only way this book could be better is if the title used "Women" instead of the diminuizing "Girls," as these were all very much adults, and highly accomplished and respected ones at that. Oh yeah, and now I'm going to play the recordings from Voyager's gold record while I make some minestrone soup. . . Thank you, Nathalia Holt, for one of those reads that pull your mind into its zone long after you've turned the last page. :)
ChasF0 More than 1 year ago
An interesting book, but sloppily written. The book does not follow a coherent time line, but seems to jump decades between some paragraphs. Of course, some of the dates mentioned may be among the many proof reading errors, but it is hard to tell. There are numerous technical errors also. As an emotional history documenting the significant contribution of a group of women to the advancement of technologies that were crucial to the success of the space program. A great book deserves to be written about their achievements. However this book is not it.
RWLJ More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book! The author does a wonderful job of blending the science, history, and personal stories surrounding the trailblazing women working at JPL from its inception to present day. The wealth of information gathered from what must have been an intense period of research is presented in a manner making it accessible, easy to read and understand, as well as inspirational. Thanks you, Nathalia Holt for sharing these amazing stories. I highly recommend this book!