We coulda been first

October 12, 2009 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

There’s a nice yet sad story from Wired about NASA almost allowing women astronauts into space even before the first moon landing.  19 women undertook endurance tests for suitabillity with 13 scoring highly to form the largest graduating class, four women scored as high as men and some surpassed test results, but the sexist policies at the time would not allow the best person up.

In the late 1950s, the United States government contemplated training women as astronauts, and newly released medical test results show that they were just as cool and tough as the men who went to the moon.

“They were all extraordinary women and outstanding pilots and great candidates for what was proposed,” said Donald Kilgore, a doctor who evaluated both male and female space flight candidates at the Lovelace Clinic, a mid-century center of aeromedical research. “They came out better than the men in many categories.”

PDF article here.


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