Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

By Tanya Lee Stone

That they had the correct stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. and so they blazed a path for generations of ladies to follow.

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, braveness, intelligence, resistance to emphasize, most sensible actual form — any list would come with those. but if the USA created NASA in 1958, there has been one other unstated rule: you needed to be a guy. this is the story of 13 ladies who proved that they weren't purely as difficult because the hardest guy but in addition courageous adequate to problem the govt. They have been blocked by means of prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled observe of 1 of the main robust males in Washington. yet even supposing the Mercury thirteen ladies didn't make it into area, they didn't lose, for his or her instance empowered younger ladies to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding area tablets. virtually ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 precise pioneers of the gap age.

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She, too, walked away from her job to pursue her dream. Jerri Sloan fared a bit better. Cobb wrote a letter to Sloan’s boss on her behalf, playing up her position as a NASA consultant and mentioning Flickinger, as well as the fact that Life magazine would likely cover the story when it broke. It worked like a charm. And, of course, once again, babysitters needed to be lined up. Fridges stocked. Travel plans made. The excitement grew. The main attraction was the testing. But this was also going to be the first time these women had ever come together as a group.

Funk was a flying instructor and already had 3,000 hours in the air. Myrtle “K” Cagle learned about Lovelace’s program in a similar way. ” She, too, qualified as a candidate. Cagle was also a flight instructor, with 4,300 flying hours to her name. The world of female pilots was a small one. Word of mouth was almost as swift as the media. Gene Nora Stumbough — another female flight instructor with an impressive record — heard about Lovelace’s program from Wally Funk at an air race. “So, I wrote Dr.

Fridges stocked. Travel plans made. The excitement grew. The main attraction was the testing. But this was also going to be the first time these women had ever come together as a group. (Previous page) The cover story of the April 1961 Parade magazine captured the attention of young women pilots all over the country. The women needed to complete just one more step — the round of tests Cobb had taken at Pensacola. Once hard science showed that Cobb’s results were not just the results of one exceptional woman but an indication of what women in general could do, NASA would have a hard time explaining why women should not be included in the space program.

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