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Rise of the rocket girls [LP] : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars (Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction)

by Holt, Nathalia, 1980-

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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 ro... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • 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.