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Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars / Nathalia Holt.

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  • 41 of 45 copies available at NC Cardinal.

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Angier Public Library 629.407 Hol (Text) 33632002689199 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 08/29/2019
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316338929
  • ISBN: 0316338923
  • ISBN: 0316338907
  • ISBN: 9780316338905
  • Physical Description: xiii, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-323) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
January 1958: Launch day -- Up, up, and away -- Headed west -- Rockets rising -- Miss Guided Missile -- Holding back -- Ninety days and ninety minutes -- Moonglow -- Analog overlords -- Planetary pull -- The last queen of outer space -- Men are from Mars -- Look like a girl.
Summary, etc.:
During World War II, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women -- known as human computers -- who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America's first ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in developing weapons -- their hearts lay in the dream of space exploration. So when JPL became part of a new agency called NASA, the computers 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 charted a course not only for the future of space exploration but also for the prospects of female scientists.
Subject: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.) > Biography.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.) > History.
Women mathematicians > United States > Biography.
Women in computer science > United States > Biography.
Women computer programmers > United States > Biography.
Women mathematicians > United States > History.
Women computer programmers > United States > History.
Rocketry > United States > History > 20th century.
Astronautics > United States > History > 20th century.
Genre: Biographies.

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