Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Genre: Young Adult

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Performed by:
Susan Ericksen

Have you ever heard of the “Mercury 13” women? Did you know that nearly twenty years before the first women were let into NASA’s astronaut program, there were others who tried?What are the requirements for being shot into space, piloting a hunk of metal while carrying the hopes and fears of your nation? Mastery of flying, as well as courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and fitness—any checklist would certainly include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was an unspoken rule in place: astronauts must be male, and they must be white.Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved not only that they were as tough as any man but also that they were brave enough to challenge the government. Their passage to space was blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and a note scrawled by one of the most powerful men in Washington. But in the end, their inspiring example empowered young women to take their rightful place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

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Run time: 4 hours
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Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone is a former editor and the Sibert Medal–winning author of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Her new book was seven years in the making, as she did extensive original research and collected archival photos. She says, “These men helped shape our history. Americans need to know who they are. Getting to know Walter and some of the other men has been the highlight of this project. This is why being a nonfiction writer is so exciting ?— ?discovering stories of extraordinary human beings and being lucky enough to have the honor of telling them. One of my goals is to help fill in some of the missing pieces in the fabric of our history and to encourage readers to think not only about what happens but also about how and why it all unfolds the way it does.” About Courage Has No Color, Walter Morris, the first enlisted Triple Nickle, says, “Tanya Lee Stone takes a giant leap forward in telling an accurate account of the history of the Triple Nickles. Now our history will not be lost, and future generations will know the importance of what we endured.” Tanya Lee Stone lives in Vermont.
Susan Ericksen

Audie award-winner Susan Ericksen performs on the East Coast on stage and television. She also appears regularly with the Hope College Summer Repertory Company, of which her husband David Colacci, another Brilliance Audio narrator, is artistic director. Susan has recorded over 90 titles for Brilliance Audio, including J. D. Robb's In Death series.

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