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Image by: Eileen Collins - Narrator 

Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes

From: Richard Paul
Length: 59:07

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Women in the ultimate Man’s World – the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA in the 60s and 70s.

Eileen_collins_nasa_photo_2_of_2_small This program is the story of women in the ultimate Man’s World – the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA.  Told in the first person, these stories explore the experiences of NASA’s first woman engineers and scientists and its first astronauts.  It also tells the fascinating story of a group of women pilots who – in the early 1960s – were led to believe that they would be America’s first women astronauts and were given the exact same physical tests are the Mercury astronauts.  The program is narrated by Eileen Collins, the first woman commander of a Space Shuttle. 

Piece Description

This program is the story of women in the ultimate Man’s World – the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA.  Told in the first person, these stories explore the experiences of NASA’s first woman engineers and scientists and its first astronauts.  It also tells the fascinating story of a group of women pilots who – in the early 1960s – were led to believe that they would be America’s first women astronauts and were given the exact same physical tests are the Mercury astronauts.  The program is narrated by Eileen Collins, the first woman commander of a Space Shuttle. 

Transcript

COLLINS: From Soundprint and producer Richard Paul, this is “Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes,” stories of women in space. I’m Eileen Collins, Air Force pilot, Astronaut, and the first woman commander of a Space Shuttle flight.

MUSIC, THEN MONTAGE OF LITTLE GIRLS
GIRL 1: When I grow up I wanna be a doctor.
GIRL 2: I think that when I grow up I will be a photographer.
GIRL 3: When I grow up, I’m going to be a scientist
GIRL 4: I’m going to be an advertising executive when I grow up.
FADE AND LEAVE UNDER

In second grade I had this farfetched dream. Something only a few people could aspire to. Not an astronaut. I wanted to be a professional singer when I grew up. Of course there was one problem with that; I couldn’t sing. When I tried out for 2nd grade choir, I was cut.

FADE UP MONTAGE OF LITTLE GIRLS
GIRL 5: I think that when I grow up…
GIRL 6: I’m gonna be…
GIRL 7: Some day...
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Timing and Cues

Billboard :59
In: They were women in the ultimate “Man’s World
OQ: after this hour's news

News Hole Music 5:00

Segment A 14:59
In: Funding for the following program was provided by the National Science Foundation
OQ: After a break. Stay with us.

Break Music :59

Segment B 19:29
In: This is “Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes” a look a women in space
OQ: When we come back, the first women in space.

Break Music :59

Segment C 16:29
In: This is “Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes” – looking at women in space and
OQ: out-of-this-world-science-dot.org.

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