Trailblazers Beyond Earth: The Journey of America’s First Female Astronauts
The Not Old Better Show, Inside Science Interview Series
Hello and welcome back to The Not Old Better Show, the Art of Living Interview series on radio and podcast, the show that brings you the most compelling stories and insights on health, wellness, and the incredible potential of aging. We’re broadcasting from just outside of Washington, DC. I’m your host, Paul Vogelzang, and today, we have a truly special episode lined up for you.
Before we dive in, let’s take a moment to acknowledge our sponsors today, Liquid I.V. and Nationwide Coins. Also, let’s recognize the pioneers who have broken barriers in their respective fields, especially those who have done so later in life. It’s never too late to make history, and today’s guest is here to tell us about a group of women who did just that.”
We are honored to have Loren Grush, the author of the groundbreaking book, available at Apple Books, ‘The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts.’
Loren Grush’s new book delves into the untold stories of America’s first female astronauts, a topic that has been long overshadowed by their male counterparts. In 1973, NASA’s report mentioned that the only females they had sent to space were two spiders and a monkey. Fast forward to today, and we see a more inclusive space program, but the journey has been anything but smooth.
From Valentina Tereshkova, the Soviet parachutist who orbited Earth 48 times, to Jerrie Cobb, who passed NASA’s grueling tests but was sidelined due to societal norms, Loren Grush’s new book captures the highs and lows of this journey. It’s a vivid account that our audience, particularly those over 60, will find both inspiring and enlightening.”
Available at Apple Books, ‘The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts.’ also touches on the fascinating details of zero-gravity life, from the challenges of adapting space toilets for women to the negotiations around ‘appropriate’ spacewear. It’s a blend of serious history and entertaining trivia that promises to keep our listeners hooked, including a reading by Loren Grush, as she describes an awkward encounter with a TIME Magazine reporter asking questions of Sally Ride about the possibility of Sally weeping during difficulties she might encounter as an astronaut.
That, of course, is our guest today, Science writer Loren Grush, reading from her new book, The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts.’ So, dear listeners, buckle up as we embark on this cosmic journey with Loren Grush to explore the untold stories of America’s first women astronauts. It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.
My thanks to our sponsors today, Liquid I.V. and Nationwide Coins. Please check out our sponsors and support them, as they, in turn, support the show. My thanks to science writer Loren Grush, author of the new book The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts.’ Thanks, Laren, for reading today. My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show, and my thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience on radio and podcast. Be well, be safe, and let’s talk about Better…the Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody, and we’ll see you next week.