June 3, 2020

Review: Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone.

Chances are you’ve never heard of the “Mercury 13.” OK, we all know about the Mercury 7 via movies such as the Right Stuff and an endless stream of Discovery channel documentaries, but there also exists another little known but fascinating tale of the early American manned space program; the contributions of women. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, by Tanya Lee Stone, follows the saga of 13 women who under went the candidate selection process to become astronauts. As this month is the anniversary of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova’s flight in 1963, this book adds an enlightening chapter to the story of women in space.

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