Rocket Girl

Rocket Girl

The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

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"Blending a fascinating personal history with dramatic historical events, this book brings long-overdue attention to a brilliant woman whose work proved essential for America's early space program. This is the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial contribution to launching America's first satellite and the author's labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother's lost legacy--one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2013
Branch Call Number: 509.2 M PBK
Characteristics: 325 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781616147396


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The story of America's first satellite launched by the combined effort of a brilliant farm girl from North Dakota and the famous German scientist. Told by Mary Sherman Morgan's son, you also get an interesting perspective from his memories of his mother.

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Apr 23, 2014

In an environment often hostile to women at the time, Mary Sherman Morgan's exceptional abilities as a theoretical performance analyst lead to the invention of hydyne, a rocket fuel cocktail, that enables the United States to remain competitive in the race for space. This story is lovingly reconstructed by her son through interviews with her colleagues and family. Creative licence is used in the dialogue as admitted by the author.

susankent Sep 05, 2013

Mary Sherman Morgan's biography adds a fascinating new dimension to the history of the US space program, and to the history of women in science from the 1940s on. Told by her son (whose writing style may not be exactly to your taste), it is also a very personal story and so will appeal to those who enjoy a good memoir.


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