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Promised the Moon: The Untold Stories of the First Women in the Space Race
Jerrie Cobb is perhaps the most famous today (in aviation circles) of the profiled women. Jerrie?s love for the sky is captured in her quote "In the sky (even more than church) I had come to know that there is a God who designed the Universe." A pilot and instructor in Duncan, she blazed the way for women pilots of the time. She flew in the 1935 International Women?s Air Race, coming in 4th and publicized all over the U.S. media. Her career continued with milestone after milestone including the designation in 1958, as Woman of the Year in aviation.
In 1960, NASA?s doors opened for her, allowing her passion for aviation to unite with her interest in space. Headlines flew nationwide about the prospect of a woman in space, to the dismay of the not yet ready NASA for a woman to take space flight. She was one of the thirteen candidates eligible and chosen for NASA?s women-in-space program.
The complete Mercury 13:
The author accounts for each of these women?s lives, awards and contributions to the space trainee program. Although these women never made a space flight, their contributions were valuable to those men who made it into space and are important pieces of U.S. space exploration history.
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