#tbt - Rocket Girls
They did the math. They conducted the experiments. Then they conquered Space.
We’re talking about the “Rocket Girls” whose brains and bravery helped launch America into Outer Space and a pivotal place in world history.
Then they flew there.
Perhaps there’s no better synopsis of the role of women in America’s Space program than the exhibit designed and created by the International Women’s Air & Space Museum of Cleveland.
It’s called “Rocket Girls.”
Fortunately for us and our patrons, it’s currently on display at the Middletown location of MidPointe Library.
It seems only fitting that a prestigious institution like the women’s space museum is located in Ohio. After all, the Buckeye State has been the Earthbound home of many a Space pioneer (think Wright Brothers, John Glenn and Neal Armstrong), industries that have contributed much to the Space program and of course, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Dayton area.
Indeed, we “Buckeyes” are quite proud of our association with aeronautics and sisters in Space :
Dr. Judith Resnik of Akron, the engineer/pilot who was killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. (The catastrophe also took the life of the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe)
Sunita Williams of Euclid, who “holds the record for total cumulative Spacewalk time by a female astronaut” *
Mary Ellen Weber of Cleveland, who has “logged over 800 hours flying as a pilot and has logged 3,500 skydives since 1983 * and...
Nancy J. Currie of Troy, who has “logged over 4,000 flying hours and 454 hours in Space.” *