We gave it a B
Growing up during the ’60s space race with an unemotional rocket-engineer father, M.G. Lord recalls the perfect insight into his scientific mind. ”He never told me ‘Don’t try’ or ‘Don’t dream.’ He said ‘Prepare for disappointment.’ And when disappointment didn’t come, he said ‘Wait.”’ Seeking to better understand the man, veteran investigative reporter Lord delves with great detail into the history of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the boys’ club mentality that shaped her father’s views of women and science. Interviews with former colleagues, current employees, and the women who finally shattered the lab’s glass ceiling deftly reveal an industry focused on the future but too long mired in the past. Astro Turf starts slowly but ultimately lifts off.