In this 1960 photo made available by NASA, Jerrie Cobb prepares to operate the Multi-Axis Space Test Inertia Facility (MASTIF) at the Lewis Research Center in Ohio. The three-axis rig was developed to train Project Mercury pilots in bringing a spinning spacecraft under control. The two controllers in Cobb’s hands activated small nitrogen gas thrusters that were used to bring the MASTIF under control. She was one of several female pilots who underwent the skill and endurance testing that paralleled that of the Project Mercury astronauts. In 1961 Jerrie Cobb was the first female to pass all three phases of the Mercury Astronaut Program. NASA rules, however, stipulated that only military test pilots could become astronauts and there were no female military test pilots. Cobb, NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, died in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18,2019 (NASA via AP)

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, record-setting pilot and advocate for women in spaceflight, died on March 18, her family reported in an April 18 statement.

Cobb was best known as a member of the Mercury 13, a group of female pilots selected to undergo the same battery of physical and psychological examinations as NASA’s first batch of (exclusively male) astronaut candidates. Cobb scored in the top 2% of all candidates, including the Mercury 7 astronauts. The program wasn’t NASA-sanctioned, but was the project of Randolph Lovelace, the flight surgeon who had led the development of NASA’s medical requirements for astronauts (and sponsored in part by Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier). Lovelace suggested that women might be physiogically just as well suited, if not even better suited, to the rigors of spaceflight and microgravity compared to men.

Like Cobb, the other 24 women selected for Lovelace’s program were all experienced, highly qualified civilian pilots. They called themselves the First Lady Astronaut Trainees, or FLATs, and 13 of them passed the first phase of tests. Three, including Cobb, went on to the second phase of tests, which were mostly psychological; several others had to back out at that point because family and work obligations kept them from travelling for the tests. The program ended suddenly in 1961, the same year Cobb became a consultant to NASA administrator James Webb on the possibility of women in space.

In this 1995 file photo, members of the FLATs, also known as the “Mercury 13,” gather for a photo as they attend a shuttle launch in Florida. From left are Gene Nora Jessen, Wally Funk, Jerrie Cobb, Jerri Truhill, Sarah Rutley, Myrtle Cagle and Bernice Steadman. They were the invited guests of space shuttle pilot Eileen Collins, the first female shuttle pilot and later the first female shuttle commander. Cobb, NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, died in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18,2019 (NASA via AP)

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When she joined the Mercury 13, Cobb had already logged over 7,000 hours and held the 1959 world record for nonstop long-distance flight, the 1959 world light-plane speed record, and the 1960 world altitude record for lightweight aircraft. She had been flying since the age of 12, and had earned her commercial license by the time she turned18 She spent her early 20s crop dusting, patrolling pipelines, dropping showers of advertising leaflets on small towns to announce circuses, and instructing student pilots — anything to keep herself in the air. From 1952 to 1955, she ferried military aircraft, from fighters to AT-6 trainers and flying boats to B-17 bombers, to militaries around the world.

But as qualified as she was, Cobb had never flown experimental military jets. At the time, NASA required its astronaut candidates to be military test pilot, and (with notable exceptions during World War II), that requirement may as well have said “men only.” The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School didn’t accept its first female pilot until 1982.

After the end of the FLATs program, Cobb squared off against Mercury astronaut John Glenn before Congress. In her role as a NASA consultant, she testified the day before Glenn in a 1962 Congressional hearing on whether to accept female astronaut candidates. Cobb lost that particular fight, and Glenn’s argument that “the fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order” helped set NASA policy on women until 1978.

Earthbound but never grounded, Cobb spent the next 20 years flying alone across the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest, plotting new air routes across the inhospitable terrain and delivering food, medication, and other supplies to remote indigenous communities — work that earned her a 1981 Nobel Peace Prize nomination. But the dream of space never fully left her mind. Cobb reportedly listened in via radio from a remote landing strip somewhere in the Amazon while Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in 1969.

American pilot Jerrie Cobb sits in a plane cockpit. (AP Photo)

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She lived to see Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, and 56 other women fly in space; she also lived to see Christa McAuliffe and Judith Resnik die alongside their crewmates in the 1986 loss of space shuttle Challenger, followed by Laurel Clark and Kalpana Chawla in the 2003 loss of space shuttle Columbia.

“I would give my life to fly in space,” she told the Associated Press in a 1998 interview. NASA had just announced its plans to send Glenn back into space aboard the Space Shuttle to study the relationship between microgravity and aging, and Cobb (with backing from the National Organization of Women) lobbied for her own chance. She never got it.

Cobb was born on March 5, 1931 in Norman, Oklahoma to Lt. Col. William H. Cobb and Helena Butler Stone Cobb. She was 88 years old.

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In this1960 picture offered by NASA, Jerrie Cobb prepares to run the Multi-Axis Area Test Inertia Center( MASTIF )at the Lewis Proving Ground in Ohio. The three-axis rig was established to train Job Mercury pilots in bringing a spinning spacecraft under control. The 2 controllers in Cobb’s hands triggered little nitrogen gas thrusters that were utilized to bring the MASTIF under control. She was among a number of female pilots who went through the ability and endurance screening that paralleled that of the Job Mercury astronauts. In 1961 Jerrie Cobb was the very first woman to pass all 3 stages of the Mercury Astronaut Program. NASA guidelines, nevertheless, specified that just military test pilots might end up being astronauts and there were no female military test pilots. Cobb, NASA’s very first female astronaut prospect, passed away in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18,2019 (NASA through AP)

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, record-setting pilot and supporter for ladies in spaceflight, passed away on March 18, her household reported in an April 18 declaration.

Cobb was best referred to as a member of the Mercury 13, a group of female pilots chosen to go through the very same battery of physical and mental assessments as NASA’s very first batch of (specifically male) astronaut prospects. Cobb scored in the leading 2% of all prospects, consisting of the Mercury 7 astronauts. The program wasn’t NASA-sanctioned, however was the job of Randolph Lovelace, the flight cosmetic surgeon who had actually led the advancement of NASA’s medical requirements for astronauts (and sponsored in part by Jacqueline Cochran, the very first female to break the ). Lovelace recommended that ladies may be physiogically simply as well fit, if not even much better fit, to the rigors of spaceflight and microgravity compared to males.

Like Cobb, the other 24 ladies chosen for Lovelace’s program were all knowledgeable, extremely certified civilian pilots. They called themselves the First Girl Astronaut Trainees, or FLATs, and 13 of them passed the very first stage of tests. 3, consisting of Cobb, went on to the 2nd stage of tests, which were mainly mental; a number of others needed to back out at that point due to the fact that household and work responsibilities kept them from taking a trip for the tests. The program ended all of a sudden in 1961, the very same year Cobb ended up being an expert to NASA administrator James Webb on the possibility of ladies in area.

In this(********************************** )file picture, members of the FLATs, likewise referred to as the” Mercury13,” collect for an image as they go to a shuttle bus launch in Florida. From left are Gene Nora Jessen, Wally Funk, Jerrie Cobb, Jerri Truhill, Sarah Rutley, Myrtle Cagle and Bernice Steadman. They were the welcomed visitors of area shuttle bus pilot Eileen Collins, the very first female shuttle bus pilot and later on the very first female shuttle bus leader. Cobb, NASA’s very first female astronaut prospect, passed away in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18,2019 (NASA through AP)

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When she signed up with the Mercury13, Cobb had actually currently logged over 7,000 hours and held the 1959 world record for continuously long-distance flight, the 1959 world light-plane speed record, and the 1960 world elevation record for light-weight airplane. She had actually been flying considering that the age of 12, and had actually made her business license by the time she turned18 She invested her early 20 s crop cleaning, patrolling pipelines, dropping showers of marketing brochures on towns to reveal circuses, and advising trainee pilots– anything to keep herself in the air. From 1952 to 1955, she shuttled military airplane, from fighters to AT-6 fitness instructors and flying boats to B-17 bombers, to armed forces all over the world.

However as certified as she was, Cobb had actually never ever flown speculative military jets. At the time, NASA needed its astronaut prospects to be military test pilot, and (with significant exceptions throughout The second world war), that requirement might also have actually stated “males just.” The U.S. Flying Force Test Pilot School didn’t accept its very first female pilot up until 1982.

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After completion of the FLATs program, Cobb squared off versus Mercury astronaut John Glenn prior to Congress. In her function as a NASA specialist, she affirmed the day prior to Glenn in a 1962 Congressional hearing on whether to accept female astronaut prospects. Cobb lost that specific battle, and Glenn’s argument that “the truth that ladies are not in this field is a truth of our social order” assisted set NASA policy on ladies up until 1978.

Earthbound however never ever grounded, Cobb invested the next 20 years flying alone throughout the Andes Mountains and the Amazon jungle, outlining brand-new air paths throughout the unwelcoming surface and providing food, medication, and other products to remote native neighborhoods– work that made her a 1981 Nobel Peace Reward election. However the imagine area never ever totally left her mind. Cobb apparently eavesdroped through radio from a remote landing strip someplace in the Amazon while Apollo 11 arrived at the Moon in 1969.

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American pilot Jerrie Cobb beings in an airplane cockpit. (AP Image)

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She lived to see Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Flight, Mae Jemison, and 56 other ladies fly in area; she likewise lived to see Christa McAuliffe and Judith Resnik pass away along with their crewmates in the 1986 loss of area shuttle bus Opposition, followed by Laurel Clark and Kalpana Chawla in the 2003 loss of area shuttle bus Columbia.

” I would provide my life to fly in area,” she informed the Associated Press in a 1998 interview. NASA had actually simply revealed its strategies to send out Glenn back into area aboard the Area Shuttle bus to study the relationship in between microgravity and aging, and Cobb (with support from the National Company of Women) lobbied for her own possibility. She never ever got it.

Cobb was born upon March 5, 1931 in Norman, Oklahoma to Lt. Col. William H. Cobb and Helena Butler Stone Cobb. She was 88 years of ages.

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In this 1960 picture offered by NASA, Jerrie Cobb prepares to run the Multi-Axis Area Test Inertia Center (MASTIF) at the Lewis Proving Ground in Ohio. The three-axis rig was established to train Job Mercury pilots in bringing a spinning spacecraft under control. The 2 controllers in Cobb’s hands triggered little nitrogen gas thrusters that were utilized to bring the MASTIF under control. She was among a number of female pilots who went through the ability and endurance screening that paralleled that of the Job Mercury astronauts. In 1961 Jerrie Cobb was the very first woman to pass all 3 stages of the Mercury Astronaut Program. NASA guidelines, nevertheless, specified that just military test pilots might end up being astronauts and there were no female military test pilots. Cobb, NASA’s very first female astronaut prospect, passed away in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18,2019 (NASA through AP)

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, record-setting pilot and supporter for ladies in spaceflight, passed away on March 18, her household reported in an April 18 declaration.

Cobb was best referred to as a member of the Mercury 13, a group of female pilots chosen to go through the very same battery of physical and mental assessments as NASA’s very first batch of (specifically male) astronaut prospects. Cobb scored in the leading 2 % of all prospects, consisting of the Mercury 7 astronauts. The program wasn’t NASA-sanctioned, however was the job of Randolph Lovelace, the flight cosmetic surgeon who had actually led the advancement of NASA’s medical requirements for astronauts (and sponsored in part by Jacqueline Cochran, the very first female to break the ). Lovelace recommended that ladies may be physiogically simply as well fit, if not even much better fit, to the rigors of spaceflight and microgravity compared to males.

Like Cobb, the other 24 ladies chosen for Lovelace’s program were all knowledgeable, extremely certified civilian pilots. They called themselves the First Girl Astronaut Trainees, or FLATs, and 13 of them passed the very first stage of tests. 3, consisting of Cobb, went on to the 2nd stage of tests, which were mainly mental; a number of others needed to back out at that point due to the fact that household and work responsibilities kept them from taking a trip for the tests. The program ended all of a sudden in 1961, the very same year Cobb ended up being an expert to NASA administrator James Webb on the possibility of ladies in area.

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In this 1995 file picture, members of the FLATs, likewise referred to as the “Mercury 13,” collect for an image as they go to a shuttle bus launch in Florida. From left are Gene Nora Jessen, Wally Funk, Jerrie Cobb, Jerri Truhill, Sarah Rutley, Myrtle Cagle and Bernice Steadman. They were the welcomed visitors of area shuttle bus pilot Eileen Collins, the very first female shuttle bus pilot and later on the very first female shuttle bus leader. Cobb, NASA’s very first female astronaut prospect, passed away in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18,2019 (NASA through AP)

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When she signed up with the Mercury 13, Cobb had actually currently logged over 7, 000 hours and held the 1959 world record for continuously long-distance flight, the 1959 world light-plane speed record, and the 1960 world elevation record for light-weight airplane. She had actually been flying considering that the age of 12, and had actually made her business license by the time she turned18 She invested her early 20 s crop cleaning, patrolling pipelines, dropping showers of marketing brochures on towns to reveal circuses, and advising trainee pilots– anything to keep herself in the air. From 1952 to 1955, she shuttled military airplane, from fighters to AT-6 fitness instructors and flying boats to B – 17 bombers, to armed forces all over the world.

However as certified as she was, Cobb had actually never ever flown speculative military jets. At the time, NASA needed its astronaut prospects to be military test pilot, and (with significant exceptions throughout The second world war), that requirement might also have actually stated “males just.” The U.S. Flying Force Test Pilot School didn’t accept its very first female pilot up until1982

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After completion of the FLATs program, Cobb squared off versus Mercury astronaut John Glenn prior to Congress. In her function as a NASA specialist, she affirmed the day prior to Glenn in a 1962 Congressional hearing on whether to accept female astronaut prospects. Cobb lost that specific battle, and Glenn’s argument that “the truth that ladies are not in this field is a truth of our social order” assisted set NASA policy on ladies up until1978

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Earthbound however never ever grounded, Cobb invested the next 20 years flying alone throughout the Andes Mountains and the Amazon jungle, outlining brand-new air paths throughout the unwelcoming surface and providing food, medication, and other products to remote native neighborhoods– work that made her a 1981 Nobel Peace Reward election. However the imagine area never ever totally left her mind. Cobb apparently eavesdroped through radio from a remote landing strip someplace in the Amazon while Apollo 11 arrived at the Moon in1969

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American pilot Jerrie Cobb beings in an airplane cockpit. (AP Image)

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She lived to see Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Flight, Mae Jemison, and 56 other ladies fly in area; she likewise lived to see Christa McAuliffe and Judith Resnik pass away along with their crewmates in the 1986 loss of area shuttle bus Opposition, followed by Laurel Clark and Kalpana Chawla in the 2003 loss of area shuttle bus Columbia.

“I would provide my life to fly in area,” she informed the Associated Press in a 1998 interview. NASA had actually simply revealed its strategies to send out Glenn back into area aboard the Area Shuttle bus to study the relationship in between microgravity and aging, and Cobb (with support from the National Company of Women) lobbied for her own possibility. She never ever got it.

Cobb was born upon March 5, 1931 in Norman, Oklahoma to Lt. Col. William H. Cobb and Helena Butler Stone Cobb. She was 88 years of ages.

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