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By Tanya Lee Stone

That they had the ideal stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. they usually 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, most sensible actual form — any list would come with those. but if the United States created NASA in 1958, there has been one other unstated rule: you needed to be a guy. here's the story of 13 ladies who proved that they weren't in simple terms as tricky because the hardest guy but in addition courageous sufficient to problem the govt.. They have been blocked by way of prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled word of 1 of the main strong males in Washington. yet even if the Mercury thirteen ladies didn't make it into area, they didn't lose, for his or her instance empowered younger ladies to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding area pills. nearly ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 actual pioneers of the gap age.

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Quiet Cobb was back on center stage. That night at the banquet, she was put at the head table, right next to James Webb, NASA’s administrator. He was the guest speaker for the evening. Cobb knew exactly who she was seated next to. She had already written to him to report her testing accomplishments and to point out Russia’s intent to send a woman into space. Too Good to Be True 49 Cobb noticed Webb scribbling notes on his speech all during dinner. When he stood to speak, he was armed with a little surprise announcement of his own.

The scientists strapped her in. Seat belt. Helmet. Chest harness. Leg restraints. Imagine every roller-coaster ride you’ve ever taken. Now imagine one ride that combines every stomach-churning moment of them all. The MASTIF was about to spin and twist and pitch Cobb. This would show how much she could take, how quickly she could tame the beast. You had to have a gentle touch. If you moved the controls too much or not enough, you could make things worse and spiral out of control. ” they asked. ” The MASTIF began to move.

999, 1000. My ten favorite movies are . . You are bored. It is too quiet. (Previous page) Jerrie Cobb floats peacefully in the isolation tank designed to test how well an astronaut might fare in the isolation of space. You smack your hand on the surface of the water. You cannot feel the splash. It is too dark. So dark your eyes cannot adjust. But wait. Is that a sliver of light coming from over there? You think you remember seeing the door there, back before the lights went out. When was that, exactly?

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