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Women in Space, Following Valentina
David J Shayler & Ian Moule
with Foreword by Chiaki Mukai (former Japanese astronaut)
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On 16 June 1963, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the tenth person and first woman to orbit the Earth. It would be a further two decades before the second women, also Russian, and then the first American female astronaut entered space. During the 1980's and 1990's over 50 females from around the world were selected for space flight training, with 40 achieving at least one flight. The road to space for women has been long and difficult but their commitment and contribution has been as dedicated as that of their male colleagues.
The story of women in space charts the pioneering aeronautical developments of the early decades of the 20th century to the very start of human space exploration and on the Shuttle and space station era. However, the story of women in space is not just about those who fly the missions, but also of those who work on the ground or stay at home with the family.
In Women in Space-Following Valentina, David Shayler and Ian Moule chronicle these missions into space, from the historic Vostok 6 in June 1963 to the tragedy of STS-107 40 years on. From the first pioneering steps, through the frustration and disappointments of the 1960's and 1970's, the triumphs and tragedies of the 1980's to the current International Space Station programme, women have played a crucial role in the space programme and this book celebrates their achievements.
Extent: 440 pages
Publication Date: April 2005
ISBN: 978 1 85233 744 5
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