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Integrating Women Into The Astronaut Corps

Author : Amy E. Foster
ISBN : 9781421401959
Genre : History
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Why, Amy E. Foster asks, did it take two decades after the Soviet Union launched its first female cosmonaut for the United States to send its first female astronaut into space? In answering this question, Foster recounts the complicated history of integrating women into NASA’s astronaut corps. NASA selected its first six female astronauts in 1978. Foster examines the political, technological, and cultural challenges that the agency had to overcome to usher in this new era in spaceflight. She shows how NASA had long developed progressive hiring policies but was limited in executing them by a national agenda to beat the Soviets to the moon, budget constraints, and cultural ideas about women’s roles in America. Lively writing and compelling stories, including personal interviews with America’s first women astronauts, propel Foster’s account. Through extensive archival research, Foster also examines NASA’s directives about sexual discrimination, the technological issues in integrating women into the corps, and the popular media’s discussion of women in space. Foster puts together a truly original study of the experiences not only of early women astronauts but also of the managers and engineers who helped launch them into space. In documenting these events, Foster offers a broader understanding of the difficulties in sexually integrating any workplace, even when the organization approaches the situation with as positive an outlook and as strong a motivation as did NASA.

Spaceflight In The Shuttle Era And Beyond

Author : Valerie Neal
ISBN : 9780300206517
Genre : History
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An exploration of the changing conceptions of the iconic Space Shuttle and a call for a new vision of spaceflight The thirty years of Space Shuttle flights saw contrary changes in American visions of space. Valerie Neal, who has spent much of her career examining the Space Shuttle program, uses this iconic vehicle to question over four decades' worth of thinking about, and struggling with, the meaning of human spaceflight. She examines the ideas, images, and icons that emerged as NASA, Congress, journalists, and others sought to communicate rationales for, or critiques of, the Space Shuttle missions. At times concurrently, the Space Shuttle was billed as delivery truck and orbiting science lab, near-Earth station and space explorer, costly disaster and pinnacle of engineering success. The book's multidisciplinary approach reveals these competing depictions to examine the meaning of the spaceflight enterprise. Given the end of the Space Shuttle flights in 2011, Neal makes an appeal to reframe spaceflight once again to propel humanity forward.

Apollo In The Age Of Aquarius

Author : Neil M. Maher
ISBN : 9780674971998
Genre : History
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In summer 1969, astronauts landed on the moon and hippie hordes descended on Woodstock—two era-defining events that are not entirely coincidental. Neil M. Maher shows how NASA’s celestial aspirations were tethered to terrestrial concerns of the time: the civil rights struggle, the antiwar movement, environmentalism, feminism, and the culture wars.

Sally Ride

Author : Lynn Sherr
ISBN : 9781476725789
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys’ club to a more inclusive elite. Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she faulted NASA’s rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls. Sherr also writes about Ride’s scrupulously guarded personal life—she kept her sexual orientation private—with exclusive access to Ride’s partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. Sherr draws from Ride’s diaries, files, and letters. This is a rich biography of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Sherr’s revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman, an inspiration to millions, come alive.

The Disney Middle Ages

Author : T. Pugh
ISBN : 9781137066923
Genre : Performing Arts
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For many, the middle ages depicted in Walt Disney movies have come to figure as the middle ages, forming the earliest visions of the medieval past for much of the contemporary Western (and increasingly Eastern) imagination. The essayists of The Disney Middle Ages explore Disney's mediation and re-creation of a fairy-tale and fantasy past, not to lament its exploitation of the middle ages for corporate ends, but to examine how and why these medieval visions prove so readily adaptable to themed entertainments many centuries after their creation. What results is a scrupulous and comprehensive examination of the intersection between the products of the Disney Corporation and popular culture's fascination with the middle ages.

1950s Rocketman Tv Series And Their Fans

Author : C. Miller
ISBN : 9780230377325
Genre : Performing Arts
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The fourteen essays featured here focus on series such as Space Patrol, Tom Corbett, and Captain Z-Ro, exploring their roles in the day-to-day lives of their fans through topics such as mentoring, promotion of the real-world space program, merchandising, gender issues, and ranger clubs - all the while promoting the fledgling medium of television.

New Books On Women And Feminism

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ISBN : OSU:32435085416295
Genre : Feminism
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Weekend Pilots

Author : Alan Meyer
ISBN : 9781421418599
Genre : History
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In 1960, 97 percent of private pilots were men. More than half a century later, this figure has barely changed. In Weekend Pilots, Alan Meyer provides an engaging account of the post-World War II aviation community. Drawing on public records, trade association journals, newspaper accounts, and private papers and interviews, Meyer takes readers inside a white, male circle of the initiated that required exceptionally high skill levels, that celebrated facing and overcoming risk, and that encouraged fierce personal independence. The Second World War proved an important turning point in popularizing private aviation. Military flight schools and postwar GI-Bill flight training swelled the ranks of private pilots with hundreds of thousands of young, mostly middle-class men. Formal flight instruction screened and acculturated aspiring fliers to meet a masculine norm that traced its roots to prewar barnstorming and wartime combat training. After the war, the aviation community’s response to aircraft designs played a significant part in the technological development of personal planes. Meyer also considers the community of pilots outside the cockpit—from the time-honored tradition of "hangar flying" at local airports to air shows to national conventions of private fliers—to argue that almost every aspect of private aviation reinforced the message that flying was by, for, and about men. The first scholarly book to examine in detail the role of masculinity in aviation, Weekend Pilots adds new dimensions to our understanding of embedded gender and its long-term effects. -- Amy E. Foster, University of Central Florida, author of Integrating Women into the Astronaut Corps: Politics and Logistics at NASA, 1972–

Was Macht Der Astronaut Wenn Er Mal Muss

Author : Mary Roach
ISBN : 3499627906
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Wenn es beim äMüssenä mal daneben geht, 14 Tage bei minimaler Hygiene im Raumanzug, seltsam anmutende Stresstests wie das Falten von Kranichen, Flüge im äKotzbomberä, Belastungstests an lebenden und toten Objekten u.a.: salopper und oft ironischer Blick hinter die Kulissen der Hochglanzraumfahrt.

Star Trek Uhuras Lied

Author : Janet Kagan
ISBN : 9783641114619
Genre : Fiction
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Kann Uhura die Gefahr abwenden? Eine verheerende Seuche wütet unter den katzenähnlichen Bewohnern des Planeten Eeiauo. Selbst Dr. McCoy ist machtlos, und das Virus greift auch den menschlichen Organismus an. Lieutenant Uhura entdeckt in den alten Liedern der Katzenwesen Hinweise auf einen fernen Heimatplaneten, auf dem es vielleicht ein Heilmittel gibt. Die Enterprise macht sich auf die Suche - und schafft das schier Unglaubliche: Die Verse des Liedes führen Captain Kirk und seine Crew zum Planeten Sivao. Dort darf jedoch niemand über die im Exil lebenden Verwandten sprechen, und niemand scheint die geheimnisvolle Krankheit zu kennen, geschweige denn ein Heilmittel.

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