How to Spacewalk: Step-By-Step with Shuttle Astronauts

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Mit Kids Press
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10.4 X 8.6 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Kathryn D. Sullivan, dubbed "the most vertical woman in the world" by coauthor Michael J. Rosen, has spanned the greatest vertical distance that any earthling has traveled, from the deepest ocean to the altitudes of three space shuttle missions. Among the first women in the US space program and the first American woman to conduct a spacewalk, she is also an oceanographer, global explorer, and pilot, as well as the author of Handprints on Hubble and the host of the podcast Kathy Sullivan Explores. For several years, she served as under secretary of commerce for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She lives in Ohio with a pair of Havanese pooches.

Michael J. Rosen is the author of some 150 books for readers of all ages, including A Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin, illustrated by Matt Tavares; The Tale of Rescue, illustrated by Stan Fellows; and four volumes of haiku. Although his imagination has soared in many directions and genres, one he's never considered is up: a step stool is his maximum height, and a sheet of black construction paper on the floor makes him dizzy. Michael J. Rosen lives in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, where he also works as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker and as the companion animal to a cattle dog named Chant.
Sullivan, who, in 1984, became the first woman to walk in space, shares her journey. . . lively visuals are echoed by the effervescent text. While plenty of intriguing facts are presented, this is also an empowering and uplifting account of a woman achieving her dreams--and encouraging readers to live the "life you invent.". . . An irrepressibly joyous tale of a woman who reached for--and attained--the stars.
--Kirkus Reviews

Sullivan, the first American woman to complete a spacewalk, and Rosen immerse readers in the experience of being a space shuttle astronaut. . .upbeat. . . Helpful diagrams and asides throughout detail equipment, including the complex spacesuits, used on shuttle flights, and the numerous photographs of NASA ground crew and astronauts, including Sullivan, show the people and technology that make EVA possible.
--The Horn Book

Kathryn demonstrates how her determination and curiosity helped her become an astronaut . . . the firsthand accounts and descriptions of the equipment and training that are necessary for a spacewalk are fascinating. . . . this enthusiastic and personal story of how a woman born in a time when girls were limited to specific careers broke the rules and explored the oceans and outer space will be useful as a reference and appeal to aspiring scientists.
--School Library Connection