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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

By Tanya Lee Stone

They'd 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. this is the story of 13 ladies who proved that they weren't in simple terms as difficult because the hardest guy but in addition courageous sufficient to problem the govt.. They have been blocked by means of prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled be aware of 1 of the main robust males in Washington. yet even supposing the Mercury thirteen ladies didn't make it into area, they didn't lose, for his or her instance empowered younger women to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding area tablets. virtually ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 real pioneers of the gap age.

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Her answers were analyzed. There were sentences to complete: I like to read because __________________________________________. People dance to _______________________________________________. My mother is sad when _________________________________________. Her answers were analyzed. She was asked about her childhood. Her teenage years. How she felt about work. Her answers were analyzed. They hooked electrodes to her head and measured brain activity while she was awake. And while she was asleep.

This time, Cobb clawed her way to the top — and got over. (Previous page) Jerrie Cobb poses next to a Mercury space capsule. Jerrie Cobb in the altitude chamber. She is wearing an oversize men’s pressure suit because there were no suits made for women. “Scratched, bruised, and breathless,” she later said, but it was worth it — no way would she let a little thing like a wall get in her way. Then came the airborne electroencephalogram (EEG) test. This would determine her reaction to the pull of gravity during aerobatic maneuvers.

But none of the Mercury 7 men went through the water-tank isolation testing, which was much more rigorous than the simpler isolation test the men took in an empty room. One reporter asked Shurley if he could give the tank a go, in order to write a story about it. For thirty minutes, he was calm and quiet. But for the next four hours, he couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He babbled. He sang. He heard a dog barking. He had a fit of hysterical laughter. He whistled to keep up his courage. He saw copper-colored coins that weren’t there.

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