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Debunking the Myth of the “Mercury 13”

On Thursday, March 26, I’ll be doing a live-stream discussion about the Mercury 13 on my YouTube channel. This will be the first in a weekly series of live talks and readings; information and schedule is at the bottom of this article. Never miss an update: follow me on Twitter.

The “Mercury 13” might be a familiar name. Or perhaps you’ve heard of the FLATs, the First Lady Astronaut Trainees as Smithsonian Magazine calls them. Whatever name you know, you’ve probably heard the story: thirteen intrepid women have the right stuff to fly in space in the 1960s, but…



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Amy Shira Teitel

Historian and author of Fighting for Space (February 2020) from Grand Central Publishing. Also public speaker, TV personality, and YouTuber. [The Vintage Space]