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The Mercury 13 For Readers Of The Astronaut Wives Club, The Mercury 13 Reveals The Little Known True Story Of The Remarkable Women Who Trained For NASA Space Flight.In 1961, Just As NASA Launched Its First Man Into Space, A Group Of Women Underwent Secret Testing In The Hopes Of Becoming America S First Female Astronauts They Passed The Same Battery Of Tests At The Legendary Lovelace Foundation As Did The Mercury 7 Astronauts, But They Were Summarily Dismissed By The Boys Club At NASA And On Capitol Hill The USSR Sent Its First Woman Into Space In 1963 The United States Did Not Follow Suit For Another Twenty Years For The First Time, Martha Ackmann Tells The Story Of The Dramatic Events Surrounding These Thirteen Remarkable Women, All Crackerjack Pilots And Patriots Who Sometimes Sacrificed Jobs And Marriages For A Chance To Participate In America S Space Race Against The Soviet Union In Addition To Talking Extensively To These Women, Ackmann Interviewed Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, And Others At NASA And In The White House With Firsthand Knowledge Of The Program, And Includes Here Never Before Seen Photographs Of The Mercury 13 Passing Their Lovelace Tests Despite The Crushing Disappointment Of Watching Their Dreams Being Derailed, The Mercury 13 Went On To Extraordinary Achievement In Their Lives Jerrie Cobb, Who Began Flying When She Was So Small She Had To Sit On Pillows To See Out Of The Cockpit, Dedicated Her Life To Flying Solo Missions To The Rain Forest Wally Funk, Who Talked Her Way Into The Lovelace Trials, Went On To Become One Of The First Female FAA Investigators Janey Hart, Mother Of Eight And, At Age Forty, The Oldest Astronaut Candidate, Had The Political Savvy To Steer The Women Through Congressional Hearings And Later Helped Found The National Organization For Women A Provocative Tribute To These Extraordinary Women, The Mercury 13 Is An Unforgettable Story Of Determination, Resilience, And Inextinguishable Hope From The Hardcover Edition.


10 thoughts on “The Mercury 13

  1. says:

    Dicks in tin cans was how one wag described the early decades of NASA Okay, I just made that up But have you ever wondered why there wasn t a female American astronaut until Sally Ride s ride in 1983, a full twenty years after the Soviets sent up an amateur parachutist with no flight experience whatsoever Was it because American women were sorely lacking in experience, too No There were tons of badass women flying around all over the place.Was it because they just weren t up to the trainin Dicks in tin cans was how one wag described the early decades of NASA Okay, I just made that up But have you ever wondered why there wasn t a female American astronaut until Sally Ride s ride in 1983, a full twenty years after the Soviets sent up an amateur parachutist with no flight experience whatsoever Was it because American women were sorely lacking in experience, too No...


  2. says:

    Probably the most heart breaking and depressing book I have ever read I was either in tears, totally depressed, frustrated or enraged every chapter That being said, I think it s a must read People who advocated for women to have the same opp...


  3. says:

    Infuriating And sadly, no surprise that the nail in the program s coffin was a woman, expert at undermining other women while promoting herself to men A scene that repeats itself on scales large and small Also, f ck you, von Braun.


  4. says:

    The book is awkwardly written and overlong, but makes its point women were fine aviators from the start, were the equals if not superior to the men NASA picked for the first astronauts, and were pushed back by plain, blatant sexism 3 stars.There wasgoing on than this the US was feeling the pressure of being 2 in the space race, ...


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    Back when the American Space Program was just beginning, a few farsighted men began testing women pilots for possible astronaut positions One of the first chosen for testing was Jerrie Cobb, an Oklahoman who held various world records as a pilot Other women who made the initial cut included Jan Marion Dietrich identical twins from CaliforniaMary Wallace Wally Funk the baby at 22, from TaosBernice B Steadman flight operation owner from MichiganJean Hixson Air Forces Reserves o B...


  6. says:

    Amazing story about amazing, trailblazing women.Makes me somewhat ashamed for how little I pushed myself throughout my working life I could have doneto make the working world a better place However, this book did inspire me to figu...


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    When the Soviets launched Valentina Tereshkova into space in 1963, Celebrated writer Clare Boothe Luce wrote a scathing article in Life magazine, reminding readers that a year earlier, thirteen American women had asked Congress to send an American woman into space Where are those thirteen women now Luce asked The U.S Team Is Still Warming Up the Bench the Life headline answered Luce called the missed opportunity a costly Cold War blunder and excoriated American men for their sexist views When the Soviets launched Valentina Tereshkova into space in 1963, Celebrated writer Clare Boothe Luce wrote a scathing article in Life magazine, reminding readers that a year earlier, thirteen American women had asked Congress to send an American woman into space Where are those thirteen women now Luce asked The U.S Team Is Still Warming Up the Bench the Life headline answered Luce called the missed opportunity a costly Cold War blunder and excoriated American men for their sexist views of women And, the women warmed the bench for another 20 years until Sally Ride finally went up in 1983 This book outlines the forgotten story of how 13 women passed similar tests that the first astronauts went through Mercury 7 , readying for a chance to be among the first to explore space Some scientists hypothesized that women might be evensu...


  8. says:

    I want to thank the Mercury 13 for proving that women are capable and can do anything they put their minds to do.


  9. says:

    Discrimination has nothing to do with chivalry Ruth Nichols, pilot, contemporary and friendly rival of Amelia Earhart


  10. says:

    I ve heard of Sally Ride Eileen Collins Judith Resnik Shannon Lucid Before this book, I had never heard of Jerrie Cobb, Jerri Sloan, B Steadman, Wally Funk, or any other of the 13 women pilots who left their homes, jobs, and families to test for a chance to go into space in the early 1960s They faced an immense lack of support and a large amount of sexism Their contributions paved the way for the ladies that I first listed, to finally go into space 20 years later It was maddening to me th I ve heard of Sally Ride Eileen Collins Judith Resnik Shannon Lucid Before this book, I had never heard of Jerrie Cobb, Jerri Sloan, B Steadman, Wally Funk, or any other of the 13 women pilots who left their homes, jobs, and families to test for a chance to go into space in the early 1960s They faced an immense lack of support and a large amount of sexism Their contributions paved the way for the ladies that I first listed, to finally go into space 20 years later It was maddening to me that one of the biggest obstacles was another woman who wanted to use her...


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