Jerrie Cobb(1931 - 2019)

Jerrie Cobb was NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, passing astronaut testing in 1961. A total of 13 women passed the difficult physical testing and became known as the Mercury 13, a reference to the Mercury 7 astronauts who were all men. None of the 13 women reached space. She was a gifted pilot, setting many world records and was the first woman to fly in the Paris Air Show. She spent most of her career flying humanitarian missions in the Amazon jungle. Cobb advocated throughout her life for women flying in space and tried to get on space shuttle Discovery in 1998 along with 77 year old John Glenn, who was included on that mission.

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