A female world-record-setting pilot, Jerrie Cobb was recruited in 1959 to take the astronaut tests. She excelled, so the doctor who supervised the selection of NASA's Mercury astronauts recruited additional female pilots. Twelve performed exceptionally. Stephanie Nolen tracked down eleven of the surviving qFellow Lady Astronaut Traineesq and learned the story of those early days of the space race and the disappointment when, in 1961, the women were grounded.That Sunday night, they received their instructions: nothing to drink or eat or smoke. They were to ... We got a mental picture in our minds of your heroes, out there going through all these damn enemas and all this damn Fleet phosphate soda.
|Title||:||Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race|
|Publisher||:||Basic Books - 2009-04-28|