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By Tanya Lee Stone

That they had the appropriate 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 record would come with those. but if the USA 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 simply as tricky because the hardest guy but in addition courageous sufficient to problem the govt. They have been blocked through prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled be aware of 1 of the main strong males in Washington. yet although the Mercury thirteen girls 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 house tablets. virtually ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 real pioneers of the gap age.

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Others complimented Cobb but couldn’t resist taking jabs. The Los Angeles Times: “The scientists haven’t even figured out how to get a man to the moon yet, but already they’ve opened the trip to women. ” Headlines such as MOON MAID’S READY, NO. 1 SPACE GAL SEEMS A LITTLE ASTRONAUGHTY, and 20 YEARS A PILOT, WANTS TO BE AN “ASTRONETTE” all made light of the situation. Editorial cartoons poked fun. Reporters included her physical measurements alongside her test results. Or they dropped the test results completely, asking her what kind of meals she liked to cook and marveling at how slim, blond, and dimpled a pilot could be.

She thought about her sister and the little dachshund, Schatzi, she had had as a child. But she kept it to herself in the tank. She wanted to surpass all expectations. And she did. ” It was seven o’clock at night. She had shattered all previous records. Nine hours and forty minutes. Shurley said, “Probably not one in one thousand persons would be capable of making such a lengthy isolation run. . ” I Enjoy Reading Mechanics Monthly So, hypothetically, if one thousand people were to attempt an isolation run, how might the men fare in comparison to the women?

The lights flip on and a scientist comes into the room to help you out of the isolation tank. You ask how long you were in and are asked to estimate. ” It has been only three. These were the feelings many people who participated in Dr. Jay Shurley’s isolationtank testing experienced. At first, they found the floating sensation peaceful. They meditated. They enjoyed the silence. But more than half would then begin to have hallucinations — seeing, hearing, and smelling things that were not there.

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