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Best of Blue Dot: The story of America's first women astronauts with Loren Grush

The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts
The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts

Host Dave Schlom is joined by Bloomberg News science reporter Loren Grush to talk about her new book, The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts. 

While most of us may know that Sally Ride was the first female American astronaut, we probably don't know the amazing story of the group of women chosen along with her, any of whom could have been the first to fly.

Ride, Sally Resnick, Kathy Sullivan, Anna Fisher, Rhea Seddon, and Shannon Lucid all had solid NASA careers, paving the way for the women who now make up the diverse astronaut corps and one of whom will likely be the first woman to set foot on the Moon as part of the Artemis program.

It's an epic tale of a time when NASA made a huge pivot from an all-white male astronaut corps to one whose diversity better reflects America now. From their stressful selection process to their dramatic flights, including the tragedy of Resnick and her colleagues being lost on Challenger in 1986, it's a riveting story, skillfully told.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.