Women in Space - Following Valentina

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 29, 2006 - Science - 410 pages
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Space exploration has developed from early, unmanned space probes through the pioneering years of the ‘Manned’ Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, to missions that now include women in the crew as a matter of course. Dave Shayler tells the story of the first woman balloonist in 1784 to their breakthrough as astronauts and cosmonauts in a range of professional roles. He covers the contribution women have made to space exploration and draws on interviews with Shuttle and Mir crew members who were women. These interviews detail the achievements of the first female Shuttle commander and the first female resident crew member of the International Space Station. These and many other events are presented in a detailed and highly readable account that recalls the difficult path to space exploration by women.

 

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Contents

Other books by David J Shayler in this series
1
Women at war
15
Across the Atlantic and around the world
23
A shrinking world and a new war
31
Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club
39
Planning for flight
50
Following Valentina
66
A girl astronaut programme
73
References
228
Triumph to tragedy
244
Launch after launch
253
The ShuttleMir years
273
An allfemale Shuttle crew
285
The ShuttleISS years
291
The end of an era
297
STATIONS IN SPACE
305

Women and the Gemini Apollo and Skylab programmes
92
the astronaut family
105
THE ROCKETPLANE AND THE SPACE SHUTTLE
113
and beyond
126
Evolution of the Space Shuttle
138
Supporting the Shuttle
161
SHUTTLENAUTS
167
Ascan training
182
SALLY AND SVETLANA
197
Svetlana Soyuz and Salyut
203
Kathy Anna Rhea and Shannon
219
Commercial customers
311
Women on Mir 199l98
317
A new station a new era 19882004
329
References
337
To boldly go
356
The journey continues
362
Spaceflight chronology 19632003
371
Spaceflight records and EVAs 383
384
Glossary
393
Index
401
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David Shayler is the creator of the Astro Info Service and has published more than 15 books, including "Apollo," "Gemini Steps to the Moon," and "Women in Space.

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