The Mercury 13 & the Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviator @ Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow [12 January]

The Mercury 13 & the Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviator


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12
January
18:30 - 21:00

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Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA Glasgow, United Kingdom
We are delighted to welcome Sue Nelson to The Planetarium at GSC to continue the David Elder Lecture series with her talk titled, «The Mercury 13 and the Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer».

In 1961, Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to pass the 'Woman in Space' programme. Wally sailed through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests, with one of her scores beating all the male Mercury 7 astronauts', including John Glenn's, the first American in orbit. But just one week before the final phase of training, the programme was abruptly cancelled. A combination of politics and prejudice meant that none of the women ever flew into space.

Journalist and fellow space buff Sue Nelson is the author of Wally Funk's Race for Space. Sue will tell the story of the Mercury 13 through a combination of space history and personal recollections, including information about Wally's personal race to make her own giant leap before it's too late.

Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host the David Elder Lectures in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Physics.

Tickets cost £6 per person and are available to purchase online now. Best suited to older teenagers and adults.
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