Saturday, October 6, 2007

Another book recommendation

I came across a book, The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann, in my alumni (U of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) magazine (Fall 2007 issue).  These women trained in the early days of the Space Race and even outperformed some of their male counterparts, but in 1961, they received telegrams cancelling the next phase of testing.  AND these women were criticized for not having the piloting experience to go into space; however, they weren't allowed to fly military jets so they couldn't log military jet time!  Here's a link with more background: Mercury 13 - First Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLATs)  And for even more background: The Space Review: The Mercury 13: setting the story straight

NASA is more sympathetic
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/f_mercury13.html
and
http://history.nasa.gov/flats.html

UW-O gave them honorary doctorates in May, and the story has been picked up by the media.  Btw, I recently came across an article on Sunita Williams, who got into the space program by first piloting helicopters.  Here's a link for more on that: Her job is out of this world | csmonitor.com

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