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

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Thorndike Press, 2003 - History - 528 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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This is an incredible story about women fighting not only to be astronauts and help our country beat the USSR in putting the first female in space, but also for equality during the civil rights era. Their courage, determination, and strength should be an example for all of us. Read full review

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

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Dogs and monkeys did it. So did American men, though some were, strictly speaking, unqualified. So did Russian women, early on. Why, then, did NASA balk at putting an All-American Girl in space?This ... Read full review

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