By Tanya Lee Stone

They had the suitable stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. and so they 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 list 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. here's the story of 13 ladies who proved that they weren't basically as difficult because the hardest guy but additionally courageous adequate to problem the govt.. They have been blocked by means of 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 house, they didn't lose, for his or her instance empowered younger women to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding area pills. virtually ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 precise pioneers of the distance age.

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