Astronauts Women on the final frontier

Jim Ottaviani

Book - 2020

"The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA's first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA's first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman's place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make... space travel possible for everyone."--Front flap.

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Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Nonfiction comics
Biographical comics
Published
New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
157 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-165).
ISBN
9781626728776
1626728771
9781250760036
1250760038
Main Author
Jim Ottaviani (author)
Other Authors
Maris Wicks (artist)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Narrated in large part by Mary Cleave, who was among the second group of women admitted to NASA's astronaut training program, this in-depth and enlightening comic digs into not only the history of women in space but the rigors of the training process in general. There's a lot here, but Ottaviani and Wicks (Primates, 2013) handle it deftly, bringing humor and clarity to the density of the material. The sequence, for instance, in which Jerrie Cobb and Janey Hart testify in a congressional hearing about the importance of including women in the space program is cleverly intercut with scenes of Valentina Tereshkova preparing for her history-making spaceflight. Wicks makes great use of facial expressions—glib mockery from the U.S. senators, frustration on Cobb and Hart—to emphasize just what these women were up against. For all the trail-blazing, however, Ottaviani and Wicks emphasize above all else that the women in these programs are talented pilots and scientists, and they had essential work to do. Yes, some of that work was pushing back against sexist notions (jokes came in particularly handy here), but first, it was successfully operating a space shuttle. Gobs of humor, lively artwork, and tidy explanations of the science make this a standout among the vast field of books about the U.S. space program. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A nonfiction graphic novel collection of portraits celebrating the lives and achievements of history’s female astronauts includes coverage of first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova, the mixed-race trailblazers of Group 9 and NASA’s investigations into how to make space travel possible for everyone. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the graphic novel Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier, Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Maris Wicks capture the great humor and incredible drive of Mary Cleave, Valentina Tereshkova, and the first women in space.The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA’s first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA’s first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman’s place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone.