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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-19-2013 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Rhea Seddon has a memoir-in-progress, "Weightless: One of America's First Female Astronauts Finds Her Space."

An excerpt can be found on her website.

Despite the hoopla surrounding the selection of six women to the Astronaut Corps in 1978, very few people know how that selection was made, what training was like, how women dealt with challenges, and how their lives unfolded. This book will describe the joys and sorrows, the trials and triumphs that I experienced as one of those women who became part of an all male world. I flew three shuttle missions, married and supported a fellow astronaut, and launched three children along the way.

space4u
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posted 02-19-2013 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great find Hart. Tons of great stuff.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-19-2013 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's from her pitch (of course, Lucid has since retired):
There were six women in the first astronaut class that included females. Judy Resnik perished in the Challenger accident. Current astronauts are not allowed to publish books (Anna Fisher and Shannon Lucid). Sally Ride passed away in 2012. Kathy Sullivan may be writing her story, but she never married or had children and her career was quite different from mine. Several men have written about their experiences on the space shuttle and the international space station (Mike Mullane, Tom Jones, Jerry Linnenger, et cetera), but they speak from a male perspective.
I plan on dropping her a note saying I'm looking forward to her book — and that her husband should write one, too.

GoesTo11
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posted 02-19-2013 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really hope Dr. Seddon's book sees print and finds an audience. If I'm not mistaken, Sally Ride wrote a couple of books aimed at young readers, but it seems to me that there's been a large void in the history of the shuttle program left by the fact that none of the (living) TFNG women have chosen to write a serious, adult memoir.

herranzc
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posted 02-20-2013 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for herranzc   Click Here to Email herranzc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, in her book proposal she has done her 'homework' by listing what she calls Competitive Titles in Print. A good starting point and guide to books about women in space.

BMacKinnon
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posted 02-07-2014 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to Carl Walker, he made me aware of an excerpt from Dr. Seddon's memoir in an issue of a magazine called 2nd & Church.

Hopefully she can find someone to help represent her memoir (per a post on her website's homepage). I look forward to reading Rhea's book when it comes out!

onesmallstep
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posted 02-12-2014 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If she can sneak in a perspective or two from her husband 'Hoot' Gibson, it would be great to see how both balanced career and family all these years - and stay married to tell about it.

ColinBurgess
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posted 02-12-2014 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did contact Dr. Seddon in September to ask if she might consider her memoir becoming a part of the Outward Odyssey series. In her friendly response she stated that she would consider all options including this when it came time to seek out a publisher.

astro-nut
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posted 02-22-2014 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully this will become a book someday. It would be a great memoir to read and have in a collection.

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