Rise of the Rocket Girls
Nathalia Holt's Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars is the 2018 selection for Pasadena's One City, One Story community book celebration. This riveting, exhaustively researched book tells the true story of the young women recruited by the Jet Propulsion Lab in the 1940s and 1950s to launch the United States' space program.
Referred to as "computers," these pioneering female mathematicians and scientists played a crucial role in NASA's early missions. They calculated rocket trajectories and analyzed experimental data using little more than pencils and graph paper, all while balancing the responsibilities of marriage and motherhood with their nontraditional career paths. Drawing on interviews with the original team members, Rocket Girls is a thought-provoking and inspiring read.
About the Author
Nathalia Holt is an acclaimed science writer and author of Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Time.