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1962 NASA Rejection Letter To A Woman

Pretty harsh.

Posted on July 9, 2013, at 7:32 a.m. ET

"....nor do we contemplate any such plan."

You didn't really need to add that, Mr. Lloyd.

The woman wrote the letter on the same day that John Glenn orbited the earth.

That same year, Hilary Clinton also wrote NASA a letter about becoming an astronaut, and received the same type of unnecessarily harsh reply.

Sixteen months after this letter was written, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, piloting the Vostok 6 around the earth 48 times. She spent almost three days in space, logging more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts up to the date.

Her call sign on the flight was Chaika (Seagull).

Valentina Tereshkova

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