The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight

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Thorndike Press, 2003 - History - 434 pages
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In 1961, Martha Ackmann and twelve other remarkable women secretly tested and passed the same battery of tests as the Mercury 7 astronauts, but were summarily dismissed at NASA and on Capitol Hill.

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Review: The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight

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This book was a great tribute to the women of Mercury 13 and very well researched. Their story really is a legacy to women's rights and a black mark on the American space program. I also learned a lot ... Read full review

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Werner Von Braun on the woman astronaut program: "Another question I am frequently asked is 'Do you ever plan to use women astronauts in your space program?' Well, all I can say is that the male ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Martha Ackmann teaches at Mount Holyoke College, is a frequent columnist, and has written for publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. Ackmann is co-recipient of the Amelia Earhart Research Scholars Grant. She lives in western Massachusetts.
Lynn Sherr, correspondent for the ABC News program 20/20, covered NASA and the space program in the 1980s, anchoring and reporting on all the early shuttle missions, through the Challenger explosion and the subsequent Rogers Commission hearings. Sherr was a semifinalist in the (now abandoned) Journalist-in-Space competition. She lives in New York.

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