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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, best actual form — any record would come with those. but if the US 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 tricky because the hardest guy but in addition courageous adequate to problem the govt. They have been blocked via prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled observe 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 ladies to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding house tablets. nearly ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 precise pioneers of the distance age.

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One man saw a giant frog, an ocean liner, and a larger-than-life man looking down on him. Some people would sing or be overwhelmed by childhood memories and start to cry. Others would talk incessantly about the people in their lives or moments that bothered them or 24 ALMOST ASTRONAUTS surprised them or made them happy, sad, or angry. Some ticked off grocery lists. Anything to pass the time, mark the time, in whatever way they could. Isolation testing was considered important from the beginning of the space program, since being in space is probably the most challenging form of isolation a human being will ever encounter.

Reporting in again: everything’s fine . . ” Still more time went by. Dr. Jay Shurley examines Cobb after she has emerged from the water isolation tank. ” She got the OK and climbed out. When the lights came up, Walters discovered a tiny gap in the wall where the air supply poked through. Cobb hadn’t imagined the light after all. She later reported that her mind had wandered in the tank. 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.

If you kept your wits about you, it was fine. But I guess some people couldn’t quite handle it. ” She did indeed. Breaking Cobb’s record. Hurrle stayed in the tank a full ten hours — twenty minutes longer than Cobb. Her movement during that whole time was recorded as “very minimal,” and she spoke little. Then it was Funk’s turn. Earplugs in, and off she went — into the pitch-black tank. No sound, no light — no problem. She barely moved or spoke. Funk did even better than Hurrle: ten hours and thirty-five minutes.

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