Mercury 13 Social
Thursday, Oct. 30th
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Sitterson Hall
On April 9, 1959, America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shocked and excited the world with the announcement of the Mercury 7 -- a team of seven male test pilots carefully selected after extraordinary physical and mental testing by the Lovelace Foundation to be America's first astronauts. These men became the nation's heroes, their names recognized in American households in the fervor of the Space Race.
The following year, the same Lovelace Foundation recruited 19 female pilots under the hypothesis that certain physical and mental qualities typically held by women would make them better astronauts than men. Thirteen women succeeded by not only passing the same astronaut tests as their Mercury 7 counterparts, but in many cases scoring higher than their male counterparts. The program was abruptly and unapologetically canceled in the final stages of testing due to military and government facilities' unwillingness to support a program for female astronauts.
We honor these brave women, their unwavering dream of space flight, and their fellow female pioneers whose stories have been lost in the biases of history at the SpaceVision 2014 Mercury 13 Social.