By Tanya Lee Stone
They'd the perfect 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, best actual form — any record would come with those. but if the US created NASA in 1958, there has been one other unstated rule: you needed to be a guy. here's the story of 13 girls who proved that they weren't simply as difficult because the hardest guy but additionally courageous sufficient to problem the govt.. They have been blocked through prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled notice of 1 of the main strong males in Washington. yet although 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 pills. virtually ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 actual pioneers of the gap age.
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Reporter: A pretty girl like you must have thought something about marriage — what about that? JC: No, I’m more interested in this right now than anything else in the world. Reporter: You mean that you’re a little bit more afraid of men than you are of space? JC: [Uncomfortable laughter] No, I wouldn’t say that. NASA was not convinced. They were not even interested. ” But why? Flickinger commented on why the air force didn’t want to continue testing women: “The consensus of opinion . . was that there was too little to learn of 20 ALMOST ASTRONAUTS This cartoon by Jim Lange is from the August 20, 1960, edition of Cobb’s hometown newspaper, the Daily Oklahoman .
To make up for it, she suggested to the women that anyone who could, should come to Oklahoma and take the psychological tests. Late July 1961 Rhea Hurrle has a beautiful smile. A warm spirit with a no-nonsense air. She didn’t tell a single soul about the testing she went through in March — not even her family. They didn’t find out for two more years, when a Life magazine article profiled all thirteen of the women. 50 ALMOST ASTRONAUTS But that July, she had two people she could talk to: Jerrie Cobb and Wally Funk.
Jane Hart during the tilt-table test at the Lovelace Clinic Mommy’s Going to the Moon! 41 Their smiles stayed plastered in place. Teeth gritted, they grinned through the pain. Not one of them would ever complain. “We never stopped until they told us to stop. We didn’t even say ouch and, boy, they hurt us,” Jerri Sloan Truhill later remembered. Their determination was fierce. ” Into the Monster It didn’t matter what kind of tests were thrown at them. They were tough. They could take whatever was dished out — even a flight to an unknown location.