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[b]'Our Dream Realized' commemorative patch[/b]
On the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a pioneering woman aviator flew to space aboard a commercial spacecraft thus realizing a 60 year old dream of spaceflight.
In this design I imagine the view out the spacecraft window, a "Mercury 13" lapel pin floats in micro-gravity.
In the early 1960s, Dr. William Lovelace’s "Woman in Space Program" was a short-lived, privately-funded project testing women pilots for astronaut fitness. Although nothing concrete resulted, the women who participated have since been recognized as trailblazers, whose ambitions to fly the newest and the fastest craft led them to be among the first American women to gain access to sophisticated aerospace medical tests.
Those women were considered at the time to be the "First Lady Astronaut Trainees."
In the end, thirteen women passed the same physical examinations that the Lovelace Foundation had developed for NASA’s astronaut selection process.
In 1995, when NASA's first woman pilot was launched into space, she invited the surviving members of the "FLATS" to her launch. The term "The Mercury 13" was coined by a Hollywood producer as a comparison to the Mercury Seven name given to the original male astronauts. The Mercury 13 women were not part of NASA's astronaut program, never flew in space as part of a NASA mission, and never met as a whole group.
This however doesn't diminish the fact that (given the same training), they COULD have performed as well as the Mercury 7.
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