Jerrie Cobb, NASA’s First Woman Astronaut Candidate, Died at 88

Jerrie Cobb, NASA’s First Woman Astronaut Candidate, Died at 88

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Nowadays women are pioneering many streams across the globe, and the credit goes to the females who pushed for themselves. Pilot Jerrie Cobb is one of them. Being the first American astronaut candidate, she pushed for the category in space. But Jerrie never reached its heights, and now she is no more. An independent American journalist, Miles O’Brien reported about her demise on Thursday. Jerrie Cobb, the pilot, 88, died in Florida on March 18 due to illness. She is most famous for her participation in Mercury 13. It was a group of 13 women who qualified preliminary screening processes to reveal their eligibility as astronauts.

In 1961 Jerrie became the first American woman to pass all the three phases of the Mercury astronaut program. Despite scoring in the top 2% of among the candidates, she was not allowed to continue with the astronaut corps. In those days, only military test pilots had a chance to become astronauts, as well as females were not allowed to work as a test pilot in the military. Later, in 1962, Jerrie swore before a congressional panel, the first women to step-in NASA. Her dreams left incomplete because none of the Mercury 13 ever reached space. The privately funded project did not get approval from NASA. A recent Netflix series, “They Promised Her the Moon”, reveals the entire story of Mercury 13. The show based on Jerrie’s life is currently running in San Diego.

Cobb’s father was a military pilot. Jerrie born on March 5, 1931, was the second daughter of her parents. At the age of 12, she used to fly an open cockpit Waco biplane owned by her dad. At 16, she passed the private pilots test and also become a commercial pilot license holder at the age of 18. After crossing many hurdles in her career, Cobb secured a position at NASA. Instead of making her an astronaut, the space agency appointed her as a consultant who supported space programs. Jerrie is no more now, but she still resides in the space today.

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