MER­CURY 13

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - THE TVPAGES -

NET­FLIX, FROM FRI­DAY In the early 1960s, Sarah Lee Gore­lick (front left), Irene Lev­er­ton, Jean Hix­son and Jan Di­et­rich (back, l-r) were part of a group of 13 fe­male pi­lots who set out to prove they had ‘the right stuff’ for space­flight by un­der­go­ing the same rig­or­ous tests as the male as­tro­nauts trained by Nasa. Here, those un­lucky but in­spir­ing 13 are pro­filed, and there’s an in­sight into the role that sex dis­crim­i­na­tion played in deny­ing them a chance to reach for the stars.

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