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Mercury 13 on Netflix

What to stream: ‘Mercury 13,’ the women who almost went to space

More and more of us are cutting the cord, but that doesn’t mean that we’re missing out on TV. Some writers and critics say we’re living through the Golden Age of TV, with all the options out there, such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and more streaming stations. Click here to read our guide to streaming services.

But the dizzying array of choices can seem overwhelming at times. That’s why we at will start picking out for you some of the best things on streaming TV. That way, you won’t miss out on all the water cooler talk at work.

This week’s pick is a wonderful documentary on Netflix called “Mercury 13.” This film, directed by David Sington and Heather Walsh, is a look at a long-forgotten part of the famous Space Race of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

“Mercury 13” ahead of their time

“Mercury 13” is a remarkable story of the women who were tested for spaceflight in 1961 before their dreams were dashed in being the first to make the trip beyond Earth. Through historical footage and sit-down interviews with four of the women involved in the program, “Mercury 13” tells a very compelling story.

NASA’s “Project Mercury” began in 1958. The men chosen – all military test pilots – became known as The Mercury 7. But away from the glare of the media, female pilots were also screened in 1961. Thirteen of them passed and, in some cases, performed better than the men. They were called the Mercury 13 but were eventually passed over.


In their place the Soviets sent up the first female space pioneer, Valentina Tereshkova. She piloted the Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.

These women were aviation pioneers who longed to explore a new frontier, but whose time would have to wait.

Go here to find out more about “Mercury 13” on Netflix.

So what do you do if you haven’t cut the cord yet? Do it now, so you can watch “Mercury 13”!

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