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Link Share: 50th Anniversary of Mercury Program

by Beth Katz

Last month saw the 50th anniversary celebration of the first American to orbit the Earth and Project Mercury in general. The Associated Press article by Marcia Dunn noted that the veterans of the Mercury program included women who were involved as mathematicians and computer programmers.

Some of these women sought out the reporter to make sure that these technical women were mentioned as part of the story. Thank you Lucy Simon Rakov and Patricia Palombo for speaking up and for Marcia Dunn for including that in the widely-published article.