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.
Rhea Allison Hurrle Woltman
Myrtle K. Thompson Cagle
Geraldyn "Jerrie" M. Cobb
Janet Christine Dietrich
Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk II
Sarah Lee Ratley Gorlick
Jane "Janey" Briggs Hart
Irene H. Leverton
Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill
Bernice "Bea" Trimble Steadman
Gene Nora Stumbough Jessen
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)
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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