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They'd the proper 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 list 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. this is the story of 13 girls 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 way of prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled be aware of 1 of the main strong males in Washington. yet even if the Mercury thirteen girls didn't make it into house, they didn't lose, for his or her instance empowered younger women to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding area drugs. virtually ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 real pioneers of the gap age.

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That they had the ideal stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. they usually blazed a path for generations of ladies to follow.

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Cobb was thrilled, and surprised. She posed for photographers next to a mock-up of a Mercury capsule. “I was actually to have a say in America’s move into space! ” Why did Webb do it? Did he really need her? More likely, it was a smart publicrelations move. With a female consultant on the job, NASA would be above criticism. Organizations do not like to be told that they are wrong, that they have left out qualified people, that they need to change. Cobb was quietly sworn in for her new assignment.

And, like Skelton before her, Cobb was buckled and strapped into a way-too-big pressure suit made in men’s sizes only. Testers lowered the pressure in the chamber to what it would be at an altitude of 60,000 feet, when it is hard to move at all, but she did, turning knobs and dials as told, moving arms and legs that felt lead-heavy due to lack of oxygen. Then they suddenly increased the pressure, as though her craft was going into a free fall, plummeting down to 10,000 feet. Still fine. Still strong.

Move by move, she brought each rotating axis under control. Cobb mastered the MASTIF. Mercury-style. NOT a Meaningful Test 31 Jerrie Cobb masters the multiple-axis space test inertia facility, or MASTIF. (Following page) A full-scale view of the MASTIF. 32 ALMOST ASTRONAUTS Chapter 4 Mommy’s Going to the Moon! An Invitation to the Party Some women were following Cobb’s story with more than a passing interest. ’” Wally Funk sat down and wrote a letter to Lovelace. It got her a well-deserved invitation to join the party.

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