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Women astronauts
Woodmansee, Laura S.
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Publication Information:
Burlington, Ont. : Apogee Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
168 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 26 cm + 1 computer laser optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Accompanying CD-ROM entitled Women astronauts : Movies & interviews, version 1.0 (MPEG), c2002, includes video interviews with Ellen Baker, Kalpana Chawla, Eileen Collins, Bonnie Dunbar, Anna Fisher, Linda Godwin, Ellen Ochoa, Heidi Piper.

Research materials obtained through NASA and the National Air and Space Museum.
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Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an astronaut?; How did other women become astronauts?; How can I become an astronaut?; How can I feel like an astronaut now? What's the history of women astronauts? This is a fun, inspirational book for girls and young women who are interested in space exploration and becoming an astronaut. The book is also for anyone who wants to learn about women astronauts, what they do, and how they got to where they are today. The Included CD-ROM features exclusive interviews with: Bonnie Dunbar, Assistant Administrator of the Johnson Space Center; Ellen Ochoa, Kalpana Chawla, Anna Fisher, Ellen Baker, Linda Godwin, Heidi Piper and Eileen Collins.

Author Notes

Laura S. Woodmansee is a science journalist and the author of Sex in Space and Women in Space.

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The blurb on the book jacket describes this work as a "fun, inspirational book for girls, young women, and anyone interested in space exploration," and it is not difficult to imagine that it would appeal to middle and high school students as well as bright students in the last years of elementary school. There are color photographs of all of the women astronauts, and many other pictures (mostly black and white) of the spacecraft interiors, launches, views from space, etc. The text is clear, simple, and designed to inspire, as the author frankly says in her preface. It includes brief biographies of women astronauts, a description of what it is like to live in space, a short overview of the history of women in space, and some advice on how to become an astronaut. A CD-ROM features interviews with some of the astronauts. The list of resources focuses on Web sites. For the curious, the author addresses such items as eating and going to the bathroom and those aspects of health that address women in space. General readers. M. H. Chaplin Wellesley College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Preface: Why I Wrote This Bookp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 Living in Spacep. 11
Chapter 2 What Could Have Been: The First Lady Astronaut Traineesp. 27
Chapter 3 Women's Historic Place in the Space Agep. 36
Chapter 4 Biographies of the Women of Space (Index)p. 48
Chapter 5 Space Medicine: Women and Zero-Gp. 133
Chapter 6 Becoming an Astronautp. 140
Conclusion: Our Future in Spacep. 152
Appendix A Selected Bibliographyp. 153
Appendix B Resourcesp. 154
Appendix C Table of Women Astronautsp. 156
Appendix D Timeline of Human Space Explorationp. 158
Indexp. 166
About the authorp. 168