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Mercury 13

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Space History Photo: Seven Members of the

First Lady Astronaut Trainees in 1995

By NASA Archives | May 19, 2014 11:04am ET

 

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.

 

 

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, 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 (FLATs, also known as the "Mercury 13"), a group of women who trained to become astronauts for Americas first human spaceflight program back in the early 1960s.

 

Although this FLATs effort was never an official NASA program, their commitment 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Adapted from:

NASA. “Space History Photo: Seven Members of the First Lady Astronaut Trainees in 1995.”Space.com,

         Purch, 19 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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