Netflix Doc 'Mercury 13' Chronicles First US Women Tested for Spaceflight

Space.com | 4/20/2018 | Staff
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A famous scene from space history gets an unexpected twist in the first moments of "Mercury 13," a new documentary now streaming on Netflix.

"That's one small leap for a woman, another giant step for mankind."

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"It did not enter into my consciousness there was anything unusual about the fact it was twelve men who had walked on the moon," said Sington of his perspective while he was directing the 2007 documentary film "In the Shadow of the Moon" about the Apollo missions. "Of course, when I came across this story and was invited to do a bit of directing on the topic by my colleagues at Netflix, I quickly realized that I had made this assumption that it was just natural."

Choice

"But it wasn't natural. It was a choice that had been made," he said.

"Mercury 13," released by Netflix on Friday (April 20), tells the history of...
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