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Chinese President Hu Jintao made a brief long-distance call to two astronauts on the nation's second manned space mission today
Earlier today, China said it was developing selection criteria for women astronauts.
Originally posted by Krpano
So, do you think they let women out of the space program because of the discrimination ?....
Obviously must be other reasons, one of them could be because men are more physically resistent/stronger (mentally too, im not talking about intelligence) than women ?
hmm, i feel some ppl will not appreciate what i just said.
[edit on 17/10/05 by Krpano]
Originally posted by roniii259
than qualifications. Th military for a long time did not have women flying, so what was Nasa to do, send up an unqualified person?
In 1960, NASA also tested the first female trainees for astronaut duty in the Mercury program. Thirteen out of America's 25 top female civilian pilots (women weren't allowed to be military pilots then) passed the same rigorous testing that male candidates underwent in the Mercury 7 space program. Although all the pilots proved fit to become Mercury astronauts, NASA suddenly canceled its testing of qualified women in July 1961, claiming that they required jet test-pilot training at Edwards Air Force Base. Unfortunately, instruction at Edwards was closed to women. This new requirement ended America's chance to put the first women in space.
It is ironic that unlike her skilled American counterparts, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, was a textile factory worker when she entered the Soviet space program. She had no experience as a pilot and her only qualification was that of an amateur parachute jumper before being trained as a cosmonaut in 1962.