They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.
What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.
Baker & Taylor
Presents the story of the thirteen women connected with NASA's Mercury 13 space mission, who braved prejudice and jealousy to make their mark and open the door for the female pilots and space commanders that would soon follow.
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13 women who dared to dream
"I jumped at the offer"
"Not a meaningful test!"
"Mommy's going to the moon!"
"It was too good to be true"
"Regret to advise"
"Let's stop this now!"
"Jerrie Cobb isn't running this program. I am!"
"The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes"
"NASA never had any intention of putting those women in space"
"We want to see a woman driving the bus, not sitting in the back"
"I am living proof that dreams do come true."
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