Three new books highlight big firsts in space science. In Wonders All Around, Bruce McCandless III writes about his father, Bruce McCandless II, and his groundbreaking space-walking accomplishments throughout two decades as an astronaut during the Apollo and Skylab eras. Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal in Making Space for Women shares many interviews with the women who have led the evolution of NASA’s workforce diversity. In Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars, Jonathan Ward and aviation pioneer Eileen M. Collins describe Collins’s journey toward receiving many of space science’s “first woman to” designations throughout her career.
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Moderator: Katy Vine, executive Editor and staff writer at Texas MonthlyBruce McCandless III, Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal, Eileen M. Collins, Jonathan H. Ward, Wonders All Around: The Incredible True Story of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II and The First Untethered Flight in Space, Making Space for Women: Stories from Trailblazing Women of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, , Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars: The Story of the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission