By Tanya Lee Stone
That they had the correct 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 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 merely as tricky because the hardest guy but additionally courageous adequate to problem the govt. They have been blocked by way of prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled word of 1 of the main robust males in Washington. yet even if the Mercury thirteen ladies didn't make it into house, 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 real pioneers of the distance age.
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Cobb, Shurley determined, was psychologically fit for space. But the isolation tank wasn’t the only way Shurley and Walters had tested Cobb’s psyche. NOT a Meaningful Test 29 Before she ever went into the tank, she went through in-depth psychological testing. She had an IQ test, anxiety tests, the Rorschach test, and took the MMPI test, a series of questions designed to analyze the testee’s personality and screen for psychological disorders. I enjoy reading Mechanics Monthly. Circle TRUE or FALSE.
Light, creeping in, flickering, teasing your brain. You smell hamburgers cooking on a grill. Impossible. The eight-inch walls make the room smellproof, too. Are you hallucinating? The thought makes your breath come faster. You speak, simply to hear more sound. ” No reply. Don’t panic. You remember now, they told you no one would answer you. Relax. You reassure yourself that nothing in this room can harm you. You are in no danger; you are here of your own free will. You inspected the tank yourself.
She posed for photographers next to a mock-up of a Mercury capsule. “I was actually to have a say in America’s move into space! ” Why did Webb do it? Did he really need her? More likely, it was a smart publicrelations move. With a female consultant on the job, NASA would be above criticism. Organizations do not like to be told that they are wrong, that they have left out qualified people, that they need to change. Cobb was quietly sworn in for her new assignment. No fanfare. When reporters wanted details about her responsibilities, Webb did not have them.