Friday, May 11, 2007

This is not a picture of an astronaut's wife

Holy shit, y'all, I've never even HEARD of the Mercury 13 until I listened to Morning Edition this morning.


Anon. Blogger said...

I never heard of it either!! I can't wait to show my girls.

Isn't it wonderful that we get to see pics of women astronauts that didn't whack out and do something crazy? I mean, do ya think that *maybe* one of the male astronauts flipped a lid, too??

Thanks for sharing it. Fantastic.

Skylers Dad said...

I remember hearing about this a few years ago and thinking how come we had not heard of these women before.

I am sure they did quite a few things better than the men did.

GETkristiLOVE said...

I hadn't heard of it either but can I star in the movie?

Because there will be a movie.

Johnny Yen said...

Thanks for sharing that! I'd never heard that.

Better-known, but still underreported is the role women pilots had in World War II. They were not allowed combat roles, but were instructors and ferryed aircraft to where they were needed.

cheer34 said...

Good ole LBJ and the attitudes of the 60's. Ego was very big then as it is today. I wish I had a time machine.

SJ said...

Holy crap! The Right Stuff was one of my favorite books and movies--why no mention of it?? Even a tiny bit? She's right. Marching on men's egos they were.

vikkitikkitavi said...

All: I, too, am a huge fan of The Right Stuff, and I cannot believe that there was nada - zippity do dah about the Mercury 13 in there. WTF.

And if Penny Marshall makes the movie, I am not going to go see it.