Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars /Material type: BookSeries: Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction: Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.Edition: Large print edition.Description: 505 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781410491374 (hardcover); 1410491374 (hardcover).Subject(s): Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.) -- Officials and employees -- Biography | Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.) -- History | United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography | Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.) | United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration | United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography | Explorer 1 (Artificial satellite.) | 1900-1999 | Women scientists -- United States -- Biography | Women computer engineers -- United States -- Biography | Women mathematicians -- United States -- Biography | Women in computer science -- United States -- Biography | Women computer programmers -- United States -- Biography | Rocketry -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Astronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Large type books | Astronautics | Employees | Large type books | Rocketry | Women computer engineers | Women computer programmers | Women in computer science | Women mathematicians | Women scientists | Redstone missile | United States | United States | Biographies | Biographies | Biography | History | Large type books
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
A New York Times BestsellerAn Amazon Best Book of April 2016The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and made exploration of the solar system possible.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-501).
Preface -- January 1958 : launch day -- 1940s -- Up, up, and away -- Headed west -- 1950s -- Rockets rising -- Miss guided missile -- Holding back -- Ninety days and ninety minutes -- Moonglow -- 1960s -- Analog overlords -- Planetary pull -- The last queen of outer space -- 1970s : today -- Men are from mars -- Look like a girl -- Epilogue.
In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women -- known as human computers -- who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in developing weapons, their hearts lay in the dream of space exploration. So when the JPL became part of a new agency called NASA, the women worked on the first probes to the moon, Venus, Mars, and beyond. Later, as digital computers largely replaced human ones, JPL was unique in training and retaining its brilliant pool of women. They became the first computer programmers and engineers, and through their efforts, we launched the ships that showed us the contours of our solar system. Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women who broke the boundaries of both gender and science.