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Listen to all of the Museum’s best aviation and aerospace stories on the Flight Deck Podcast, a podcast that makes history personal. Episodes released every other Tuesday. Enjoy!

Failure is Not an Option: Jerrie Cobb and the First Women Astronaut Trainees, Part 2

July 10, 2019 / NASA, astronaut, Failure is not an Option, Jerrie Cobb

Jerrie Cobb and the women behind the Women in Space program unsuccessfully lobbied Congress in 1962 to include women in astronaut training, but they still led the way for women’s inclusion in the aerospace industry.

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Failure is Not An Option: The Story of Jerrie Cobb and the First Women Astronaut Trainees, Part 1

June 25, 2019 / WWII, NASA, WASP, Air Force, Jerrie Cobb

When the United States was lagging behind the Soviet Union in the race to space, the Soviet space agency announced plans to send women into space, which spurred American astronaut trainers to consider what might happen if they did the same.

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