Mercury 13

Women astronauts in pearls and heels

In 1961 thirteen women aviators took NASA's physical selection tests for male astronauts, without any adjustment for gender physiology. They all passed. Jerrie Cobb and Wally Funk also passed the psych and stress tests used to select the Mercury 7 men. The Mercury 13 never flew in space. This play tells their story.

The drama includes a new interview with the inspirational Wally Funk, who now in her 70's hopes to finally get to space on Virgin Galactic or SpaceX.

 

'Mercury 13' is an original Afternoon Drama for Radio 4. It was first broadcast in November 2014. Starring Samantha Dakin, Laurel Lefkow and William Hope.

Produced by Kate McAll, BBC Radio Cardiff

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