Moon Landings | Looking back to NASA's Apollo lunar missions

Right Stuff, Wrong Sex | Female Astronauts

How 13 women were blocked from joining NASA's space program.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 24 April 1997

DURATION | 38 minutes 22 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1997

Synopsis

Sue Nelson tells the story of a group of pilots who became America's first female astronaut trainees. The 'Mercury 13' passed the medical examinations and had more flying hours than John Glenn, yet none of them made it into space. In this programme, we hear from some of those women and discover why America's First Women in Space Program was cut short before it even began.

Did you know?

The picture above shows trainee astronaut Jerrie Cobb during preparations for a high altitude flight at the North American Aircraft Lab. She was awarded the Amelia Earhart gold medal of achievement in 1949, nominated for a Nobel peace prize in 1981 and has received numerous commendations for her humanitarian work in South America. She remains the only woman to pass all three phases of the Mercury astronaut tests.

Contributors

Presenter, Producer
Jerrie Cobb
Contributor
Jacqueline Cochrane
Contributor
Eileen Collins
Contributor
Christopher Craft
Contributor
Wally Funk
Contributor
John Glenn
Contributor
Linda Godwin
Contributor
Jane Hart
Contributor
Frank Hughes
Contributor
Don Kildore
Contributor
Irene Leverton
Contributor
Ian Willox
Producer

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