Honoring the Mercury 13 Women
May 12, 2007 * UW Oshkosh Spring Commencement

Before Sally Ride, Christa McAuliffe and Eileen Collins, courageous women were setting new records and conquering new horizons. Though largely unrecognized in history, the Mercury 13 women showed their determination, strength and bravery in the Space Race with accomplishments that paved the way for generations. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is proud to recognize the pioneering spirit of these women with honorary Doctor of Science—honoris causa—degrees.

Meet the women of Mercury 13

Martha Ackmann
Martha Ackmann

Members of the Mercury 13, the first American women tested for spaceflight, will speak and address questions about their experiences at 10:15 a.m., Friday, May 11, at Reeve Memorial Union Theatre, 748 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh.

Panel members will discuss the types of testing they had to undergo as well as share what made them aspire to become astronauts. Martha Ackmann, author of The Mercury 13: The True Story of the Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight, will moderate.

The event is open to the public. There is no charge for admission. For more information, send e-mail to mercury13@uwosh.edu.

If you are planning to attend the panel, please fill out the R.S.V.P. form below.

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