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Mercury 13

These thirteen women underwent the same physical and psychological tests as their male counterparts. All completed two phases of testing before testing was suspended in July of 1961. Jerrie Cobb completed three phases of testing.

There had originally been 25 candidates for testing. This was reduced to these 13. Since testing was never completed, no actual training was ever performed.

R.Woltman  Rhea Allison Hurrle Woltman

M.Cagle  Myrtle K. Thompson Cagle

G.Cobb  Geraldyn "Jerrie" M. Cobb

J.Dietrich  Janet Christine Dietrich

M.Dietrich  Marion Dietrich

W.Funk  Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk II

S.Ratley  Sarah Lee Ratley Gorlick

J.Hart  Jane "Janey" Briggs Hart

J.Hixon  Jean Hixon

I.Leverton  Irene H. Leverton

J.Sloan  Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill

B.Steadman  Bernice "Bea" Trimble Steadman

N.Jessen  Gene Nora Stumbough Jessen

flat1995.jpg (307953 bytes) Exuberant and thrilled to be at the Kennedy Space Center, seven women who once aspired to fly into space stand outside Launch Pad 39B near the Space Shuttle Discovery, poised for liftoff on the first flight of 1995. They are members of the First Lady Astronaut Trainees, who helped pave the way for the milestone Eileen Collins set: becoming the first female Shuttle pilot. Visiting the space center as invited guests of STS-63 Pilot Eileen Collins are (from left): Gene Nora Jessen, Wally Funk, Jerrie Cobb, Jerri Truhill, Sarah Ratley, Myrtle Cagle and Bernice Steadman. (click to enlarge)

cobb.jpg (176682 bytes) Jerrie Cobb testing the Gimbal Rig in the Altitude Wind Tunnel, April 1960. (click to enlarge)

To learn more about these unsung heroes:
Visit Mercury 13 - the Women of the Mercury Era.
Read The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight.

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