Netflix doc Mercury 13 tells the story of women who should have gone to space but couldn’t

Netflix doc Mercury 13 tells the story of women who should have gone to space but couldn’t

❝ But Lovelace felt that women had to have a place in space — after all, the Soviet Union was interested in training female cosmonauts — and so in 1960, he began recruiting women to see how they’d fare in NASA’s endurance tests. The women performed just as well as the men, if not better, according to Lovelace’s daughter Jackie. But before they could conclude the screening, NASA canceled the program. And so, the first woman in space was not an American, but a Russian: Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 orbited the Earth 48 times. ❞

H/t Kiki Jewell

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/20/17254194/mercury-13-netflix-documentary-nasa-space-program

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