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Women in Space - Following Valentina

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  • The only book to provide the full story of the role of women in space exploration

  • Previously unpublished photographs of various aspects of training and participation in spaceflights are included

  • Personal interviews with female cosmonauts and astronauts

  • Traces the history of female aviation milestones from the early part of the 20th Century to the current space programme

Part of the book series: Springer Praxis Books (PRAXIS)

Part of the book sub series: Space Exploration (SPACEE)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix
  2. A seagull in orbit

    Pages 43-67
  3. Shuttlenauts

    Pages 167-195
  4. Sally and Svetlana

    Pages 197-229
  5. Stations in space

    Pages 305-338
  6. Earth orbit and beyond

    Pages 339-365
  7. Conclusion

    Pages 367-369
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 371-410

About this book

Space exploration has developed from early, unmanned space probes through the pioneering years of the ‘Manned’ Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, to missions that now include women in the crew as a matter of course. Dave Shayler tells the story of the first woman balloonist in 1784 to their breakthrough as astronauts and cosmonauts in a range of professional roles. He covers the contribution women have made to space exploration and draws on interviews with Shuttle and Mir crew members who were women. These interviews detail the achievements of the first female Shuttle commander and the first female resident crew member of the International Space Station. These and many other events are presented in a detailed and highly readable account that recalls the difficult path to space exploration by women.

Keywords

  • astronomy
  • earth
  • space
  • space exploration
  • spaceflight

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The purpose of this book is to celebrate the achievements of all the women who have taken part, in a multitude of ways, in missions of space exploration, and to chronicle those missions. … For any student of the subject here is the reference book par excellence, with ample cross-references to relevant literature, reports, and similar documents. … will find this a most helpful and surely unique addition to their libraries, and extremely good value for money." (Elizabeth Griffin, The Observatory, Vol. 126 (1191), 2006)

"The authors set out to establish the role that women played in aviation, as a precursor to space flight. … This is a fascinating book that introduced me to many outstanding and extraordinary patient women, who achieved so much … . laudable attempt to record the work of engineers, researchers, machinists and others who were part of the enormous pyramid of effort that let the astronauts fly. … a valuable history of the long years of women’s rejection from national efforts in the space race." (Sue Bowler, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 46, October, 2005)

"It goes well beyond women in space as it includes many of the woman that played a role in aviation as well as some women who were marginally involved in space by being, for instance, scientists associated with space projects or simply working in the background. … the book provides fascinating reading and is recommended." (Jos Heyman, News Bulletin of Astronautical Society of Western Australia, Vol. 31 (3), 2005)

"In highlighting the role of the female astronaut and cosmonaut, this book does womankind a significant service. … It would be excellent if this book was widely ready by girls at school, since it might influence their choice of subjects and ultimate career. … the book should not be confined to the women’s section, because even those men already involved in the space industry would benefit from knowing more about women’s achievements." (www.satellite-evolution.com, May/June, 2007)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Astro Info Service, Astronautical Historian, Halesowen, West Midlands, UK

    David J. Shayler

  • Aerospace Historian, Raunds, Northamptonshire, UK

    Ian A. Moule

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Women in Space - Following Valentina

  • Authors: David J. Shayler, Ian A. Moule

  • Series Title: Springer Praxis Books

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/b138354

  • Publisher: Springer London

  • eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag London 2005

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-85233-744-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-84628-078-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 410

  • Additional Information: Jointly published with Praxis Publishing Ltd., UK

  • Topics: Astronomy, Observations and Techniques

Buying options

eBook
USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-84628-078-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)