Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
By Nathalia Holt
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s earliest days were fueled by math whizzes who happened to be women. Armed with only pencil and paper, these pioneers performed vital calculations — and, per the culture of the day, competed in the “Miss Guided Missile” beauty contest. Writer Holt was clearly smitten while interviewing surviving members of the elite group, and conveys that affection while honoring their story.