What Do You Know About Mercury 13?

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What Do You Know About Mercury 13? - Quiz

Some of the most very celebrated Americans are of course astronauts. There were a lot of discrimination so only men were chosen for the astronaut course in the beginning of the space programs. Certain women(who were 13 in number) developed the courage of going through NASA women's astronaut testing projects to become registered astronauts hence the name Mercury 13.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How many women passed the phase 1 examination of NASA's astronaut selection process? 

    • A.

      11

    • B.

      12

    • C.

      13

    • D.

      14

    Correct Answer
    C. 13
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 13. This means that 13 women passed the phase 1 examination of NASA's astronaut selection process.

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  • 2. 

    Eight surviving members of the group were awarded honorary doctorate on which date? 

    • A.

      May 2007

    • B.

      June 2007

    • C.

      July 2007

    • D.

      August 2007

    Correct Answer
    A. May 2007
    Explanation
    In May 2007, eight surviving members of the group were awarded honorary doctorates.

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  • 3. 

    The Mercury 13 were awarded the Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award in

    • A.

      2004

    • B.

      2005

    • C.

      2006

    • D.

      2007

    Correct Answer
    B. 2005
    Explanation
    The Mercury 13, a group of women who underwent astronaut training in the early 1960s, were recognized for their contributions to space science with the Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award. The correct answer is 2005, as this was the year when they were honored with this prestigious award.

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  • 4. 

    The U. S civil space agency first selected female astronaut candidates in

    • A.

      1976

    • B.

      1977

    • C.

      1979

    • D.

      1978

    Correct Answer
    D. 1978
    Explanation
    In 1978, the U.S civil space agency first selected female astronaut candidates. This means that before 1978, there were no female astronaut candidates selected by the agency. This selection was a significant milestone in promoting gender equality and diversity in the field of space exploration. It opened up opportunities for women to contribute to space missions and further advance the progress of space exploration.

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  • 5. 

    Which astronaut became the first American woman in space? 

    • A.

      Jean Hixson

    • B.

      Wally Funk

    • C.

      Sally Ride

    • D.

      Eileen Collins

    Correct Answer
    C. Sally Ride
    Explanation
    Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She made history in 1983 when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger as a mission specialist. Ride's achievement opened doors for women in the field of space exploration and inspired many to pursue careers in STEM.

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  • 6. 

    Who was the first woman pilot to command a Space Shuttle mission?

    • A.

      Irene Leverton

    • B.

      Eileen Collins

    • C.

      Rhea Hurrle

    • D.

      Sarah Ratley

    Correct Answer
    B. Eileen Collins
    Explanation
    Eileen Collins was the first woman pilot to command a Space Shuttle mission. She made history in 1995 when she piloted the Space Shuttle Discovery, becoming the first female to serve as a pilot on a Space Shuttle mission. Later, in 1999, she made history again by becoming the first woman to command a Space Shuttle mission, leading the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Collins' achievements paved the way for more women to pursue careers in aviation and space exploration.

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  • 7. 

    Eileen Collins commanded NASA's return to flight mission, STS-114 in what year? 

    • A.

      2002

    • B.

      2003

    • C.

      2004

    • D.

      2005

    Correct Answer
    D. 2005
    Explanation
    Eileen Collins commanded NASA's return to flight mission, STS-114 in 2005.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the first American woman to undergo and pass all the three phases of testing?

    • A.

      Jerrie Cobb

    • B.

      Myrtle Cagle

    • C.

      Wally Funk

    • D.

      Marion Dietrich

    Correct Answer
    A. Jerrie Cobb
    Explanation
    Jerrie Cobb was the first American woman to undergo and pass all three phases of testing. This suggests that she successfully completed the rigorous testing required for a specific program or initiative. The other options, Myrtle Cagle, Wally Funk, and Marion Dietrich, are not mentioned as having achieved this milestone, making Jerrie Cobb the correct answer.

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  • 9. 

    Who's is the oldest candidate out of the Mercury 13?

    • A.

      Jean Hixson

    • B.

      Sarah Ratley

    • C.

      Bernice Steadman

    • D.

      Jane Hart

    Correct Answer
    D. Jane Hart
    Explanation
    Jane Hart is the oldest candidate out of the Mercury 13 because she was born on October 28, 1927, making her older than the other candidates.

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  • 10. 

    Who among these is the youngest candidate?

    • A.

      Jerri Sloan

    • B.

      Wally Funk

    • C.

      Bernice Steadman

    • D.

      Jerrie Cobb

    Correct Answer
    B. Wally Funk
    Explanation
    Wally Funk is the youngest candidate among Jerri Sloan, Wally Funk, Bernice Steadman, and Jerrie Cobb.

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