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THE SIX: New book celebrates America’s first women astronauts

America's first women astronauts

I just heard about this new book and I wanted to share about it with you! It’s called THE SIX: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts.

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About the book

THE SIX is the story of America’s first women astronauts, including Sally Ride, Judy Resnik, Anna Fisher, Kathy Sullivan, Shannon Lucid, and Rhea Seddon. The book is written by Loren Grush, who is a Bloomberg New space reporter.

This book launches as more news releases of the NASA’s Artemis project, which aims to put the first woman and the first person of color on the moon. Christina Hammock Koch will be the first woman, and Victor Glover will be the first person of color.

In THE SIX, author Grush recounts how these women overcame the misogyny of the era and the challenges of face exploration. Each woman spotlighted contributed significantly to the space program. Judy Resnik made the ultimate sacrifice of her life on board the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Celebrating women in STEM

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we need more women in STEM. This book celebrates women who have made huge achievements in the area of space exploration, points out their valuable contributions, and shares their stories is sure to inspire the next generation of women.

By having more women in STEM, there will be more diverse voices and that makes for a greater range of ideas and, ultimately, spurs innovation. And, of course, gender equality is something that we deserve, in any and all industries.

Thank you Loren Grush for writing this book!

Loren Grush, author of THE SIX
Photo of Loren Grush credit: Christopher White. Used with Loren’s permission.

More about Loren Grush

The author herself is inspiring, in addition to the incredible ladies she writes about in THE SIX. Loren Grush is a space reporter at Bloomberg, covering NASA, human spaceflight, and the commercial space industry.

Raised by two NASA engineers, she gained firsthand exposure to space exploration. Before Bloomberg, she was a senior science reporter at The Verge, where she hosted “Space Craft,” an online series on space exploration. Loren has also contributed to Popular Science, The New York Times, ABC News, and more.

If you like reading about history, science, or women’s achievements, put this book on your radar! What are you reading?

6 thoughts on “THE SIX: New book celebrates America’s first women astronauts”

  1. This is so interesting, Christy! I knew Dr. Mae Jemison was the first Africa American woman to go to space, but I never knew about the first person of color on the moon.

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