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Martha Ackmann

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Martha Ackmann teaches at Mount Holyoke College, is a frequent columnist, and has written for publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. Ackmann is co-recipient of the Amelia Earhart Research Scholars Grant. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Lynn Sherr, correspondent for the ABC News program 20/20, covered NASA and the space program in the 1980s, anchoring and reporting on all the early shuttle missions, through the Challenger explosion and the subsequent Rogers Commission hearings. Sherr was a semifinalist in the (now abandoned) Journalist-in-Space competition. She lives in New York.


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The Mercury 13
The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight
Written by Martha Ackmann


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $11.99

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The Mercury 13
The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
Written by Martha Ackmann
Foreword by Lynn Sherr


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by... Read more >
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