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Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride - Women Space PioneersSoon after the dawn of the Space Age, when the Soviet Union and the United States began plans for launching people into space, the question arose of just exactly who those people should be. It was assumed that the stresses of space flight would require individuals already accustomed to that kind of work - familiar with advanced technology, high accelerations, quick reaction time, cool headed under pressure. Both countries decided that the best qualified people for space flight would be military pilots. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, military pilots were exclusively male, so the first groups selected for space flight, 20 in the Soviet Union and seven in the United States, were comprised of the cream of the crop among their military pilots. But could women also survive the stresses of space flight?
Document ID
20180002182
Document Type
Other - Technical Report
Authors
John Uri (Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas, United States)
Date Acquired
April 4, 2018
Publication Date
March 30, 2018
Publication Information
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
JSC-E-DAA-TN52928
Distribution Limits
Public
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