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S08:E05, “Rockets & Calculators” Edition, with Nathalia Holt (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 25 February 2017

Streamed live on 15 February 2017.

For this stimulating episode of “Read Science!” we welcomed Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars.

We talked about the days when “calculators” were people who calculated, the early days of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the “Suicide Squad”, the race to launch the first satellite for the US, and the extraordinary story of how the team of calculators at JPL came to be mostly women.

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