Promised the Moon by Stephanie Nolen
The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



In 1959, the doctor who supervised NASA's astronaut selection concluded that women might fare better in space than men. His testing of 25 top female pilots for reactions to isolation, centrifuge, and weightlessness proved him right, and 13 exceptional candidates were identified. Despite countless personal and professional sacrifices, these women joined NASA's clandestine new program – which, after two intensive years, was suddenly, and mysteriously, canceled. Promised the Moon chronicles the dramatic story of the rise and fall of these pioneering female astronauts, patriots betrayed by men like John Glenn, who opposed women astronauts, and by someone from their own ranks. The first writer to track down the surviving Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees, Stephanie Nolen vividly brings this fascinating and timely tale to life. Historical photographs are included in this riveting account.

About Stephanie Nolen

See more books from this Author
Stephanie Nolen is the Johannesburg bureau chief for "The Globe and Mail, " the national newspaper of Canada. She recently reported from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and currently covers the AIDS pandemic in Africa. She is the author of "Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race.
Published July 9, 2003 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 378 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, War, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Promised the Moon

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In one of those strange coincidences that often occur in publishing, this is the second book this summer (after Martha Ackmann's The Mercury 13) to relate the little known but remarkable story of the 13 women who trained in the early 1960s to be Mercury astronauts, and though a slightly less sati...

| Read Full Review of Promised the Moon: The Untold...

Reader Rating for Promised the Moon

An aggregated and normalized score based on 8 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review