Rise of the Rocket Girls: the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
Reviewed by: Hope Fox, KPL Patron
Rating: 5 stars
The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science."
"From missiles to the moon to Mars! Starting with pencils and paper all the way to personal computers, how missions were planned and launched. Not all missions were successful but all results were an improvement on the previous, thanks to the dedicated math expertise of so many women. Excellent Read!"