Netflix takes a look at the 13 women who dared to undergo testing to go into space in Mercury 13.
Mercury 13 is about thirteen women who underwent physiological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA on April 9, 1959, for Project Mercury. Despite training and testings, these 13 were not part of NASA’s astronaut program, never flew in space and never met as a group.
New Netflix documentary, Mercury 13, takes a look at these amazing women and their stories. Here is the synopsis of Mercury 13:
“If we’re going to send a human being to space, we should send the one most qualified.” Mercury 13 tells the remarkable true story of the women who fought for their place in the stars.
The trailer begins with a man interviewing a woman asking, “Why do you think there is a need for Women in space?” The woman retorts, “It’s the same thing as is there a need for Men in space?” The woman continues by suggesting if they are going to send a human being into space it should be the most qualified.
At the height of the space race between the United States and Russia in 1961, the Russians were leaping ahead. America needed to catch up. Women pilots were called an asked if they wanted to be astronauts to which, qualified female pilots, jumped at the chance. These female pilots were apart of a secret government program. NASA did not want this program.
At the time, sexual discrimination was high, and the thought of a woman in space seemed ridiculous. A good ol’ boy network ran the race to space, and there was no room for a good ol’ girl. They protested and fought to be seen as equals. These women saw what the men could do and knew they could do it just as good, if not better.
They were at the forefront, the 13 women, leading the way for equality in space.
Mercury 13 lands on the program queue April 20th, 2018.
Watch the trailer for Mercury 13: