Science: Little Spacegirls

Space pioneers of the comics are usually large and knobby with muscles. They are almost always male, though decorative females may be taken along for plot purposes. According to a symposium of psychologists which met in New York last week to discuss the public's notions about space flight, this athlete-type spaceman is miscast for the part. Every ounce of weight and every cubic inch of volume will be precious on a spaceship. Big, strong crewmen will not be welcome. Only brains to act as computers will be needed, plus an absolute minimum of supporting...

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