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The Mercury 13 : the untold story of thirteen American women and the dream of space flight

Author: Martha Ackmann
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Ackmann
ISBN: 0375507442 9780375507441
OCLC Number: 51266180
Description: 239 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Lynn Sherr --
Author's note --
1. Space fever --
2. Taking a leap --
3. Girl astronaut program --
4. The view from Albuquerque --
5. The list --
6. The bird of paradise --
7. Project Venus --
8. Waiting for Pensacola --
9. Changing course --
10. Congressional hearings : sound and proper --
11. Afterburn --
Epilogue : left seat --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Other Titles: Mercury thirteen
Responsibility: Martha Ackmann.
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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 dedicated her life to flying solo missions to the Amazon rain forest; Wally Funk went on to become one of the first female FAA investigators; Janey Hart 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.

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