Word comes today that Janet Christine Dietrich has died. She, and 12 other women, underwent — and passed — the same “physical and psychological assessments as the men who became immortalized as America’s first astronauts,” according to an article this afternoon in the San Francisco Chronicle.
While the women waited for the next phase of their program in July 1961, the testing was halted without warning or explanation.
It wasn’t until Sally Ride went into space 20 years later that America learned what it could have learned 20 years earlier.
(h/t: Michael Wells)
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories but reflections , observations, and debate.