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Space Exploration

Women Spacefarers

Sixty Different Paths to Space

Authors: Cavallaro, Umberto

  • Takes a fresh look at the lives and achievements of sixty former female astronauts in the Sixties and Seventies
  • Brings to the forefront forgotten women trailblazers in space exploration across several country's space programs
  • Documented by archival research including letters written at that time
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About this book

This book tells the fascinating stories of the valiant women who broke down barriers to join the space program. Beginning with the orbital flight of USSR cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in 1963, they became players in the greatest adventure of our time. The author contextualizes their accomplishments in light of the political and cultural climate, from the Cold War in the background to the changing status of women in society at large during the Seventies.

The book includes the biographies of, and in some cases interviews with, the sixty women who flew in space in the first half century of space history. It reports their achievements and some little known details. The result is a gallery of pioneering women who reached for the stars: women who, with exceptional skill, hard work, and dedication, reached impressive careers as accomplished pilots, researchers, and engineers; many are now in high level managerial positions both at NASA or in public and private organizations, and all left a legacy of strength.

About the authors

Umberto Cavallaro is editor of AD*ASTRA, the quarterly Journal of AS.IT.AF (Italian Astrophilately Society). His professional activity led him to cooperate for many years with ESA, the European Space Agency. Author of “Propaganda e Pragmatismo in gara per la conquista della Luna” (“Propaganda & Pragmatism in race to the Moon” Impremix, Torino 2011) and “Donne nello Spazio” (“Women inSpace”, Mursia, Milano 2015), he has translated into Italian several publications, including “The All-American Boys” by Walter Cunningham, an Apollo VII astronaut.

Reviews

“The book consists of short chapters on female spacefarers, along with several photographs. … This work serves as a strong examination of females’ evolving roles during the eras of space exploration. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 55 (2), October, 2017) 

“If you've ever been interested in what kind of background women astronauts have, then this is the book to read. Cavallaro present short biographies of sixty women who have flown in space. … The book also serves as a good introduction to the history of women spacefarers - what were the reasons for keeping women out of space missions in the first place and what changed in the attitudes of different space programs and culture.” (AstroMadness.com, August, 2017)


Table of contents (60 chapters)

  • Valentina Tereshkova: The Icon of Soviet Female Emancipation

    Cavallaro, Umberto

    Pages 1-8

  • Svetlana Savitskaya: Twice in Space—The Second Soviet First

    Cavallaro, Umberto

    Pages 9-16

  • Sally Ride: America’s Pioneering Woman in Space

    Cavallaro, Umberto

    Pages 17-25

  • Judith Resnik: The Second “Shuttlenaut”

    Cavallaro, Umberto

    Pages 26-33

  • Christa McAuliffe: “NASA Teacher in Space”

    Cavallaro, Umberto

    Pages 34-40

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-34048-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34047-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women Spacefarers
Book Subtitle
Sixty Different Paths to Space
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-34048-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-34048-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34047-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 403
Number of Illustrations and Tables
177 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Original Italian edition published by Ugo Mursia Editore S.r.l., Milan, 2015
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