Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist


Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist Author George D. Morgan
ISBN-10 1616147393
ISBN-13 9781616147396
Year 2013-07-09
Pages 325
Language English
Publisher Prometheus Books
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AN UNSUNG HEROINE OF THE SPACE AGEHER STORY FINALLY TOLD 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 In 1938 a young German rocket enthusiast named Wernher von Braun had dreams of building a rocket that could fly him to the moon In Ray North Dakota a young farm girl named Mary Sherman was attending high school In an age when girls rarely dreamed of a career in science Mary wanted to be a chemist A decade later the dreams of these two disparate individuals would coalesce in ways neither could have imagined World War II and the Cold War space race with the Russians changed the fates of both von Braun and Mary Sherman Morgan When von Braun and other top engineers could not find a solution to the repeated failures that plagued the nascent US rocket program North American Aviation where Sherman Morgan then worked was given the challenge Recognizing her talent for chemistry company management turned the assignment over to young Mary In the end America succeeded in launching rockets into space but only because of the joint efforts of the brilliant farm girl from North Dakota and the famous German scientist While von Braun went on to become a high profile figure in NASA s manned space flight Mary Sherman Morgan and her contributions fell into obscurity until now

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