Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

October 31, 2020
Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

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