Come and join us on the 6th of February at 18:15 for the screening of the award-winning documentary Mercury 13 in the Instituto Cervantes of Manchester. The event will count with Claudia Compeán-González, an engineer and Ph.D. student at the Photonic Science Institute in the University of Manchester, and Dr Dr Hema Radhakrishnan, Associate Dean for Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, who will lead the roundtable after the screening.
This FREE event will be entirely in ENGLISH. Refreshment and Popcorns will be provided too!
Mercury 13 is the 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. NASA’s ‘man in space’ program, dubbed 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, behind firmly closed doors, female pilots were also screened. Thirteen of them passed and, in some cases, performed better than the men. They were called the Mercury 13 and had the ‘right stuff’ but were, unfortunately, the wrong gender. Underneath the obsession of the space race that gripped America, the Mercury 13 women were aviation pioneers who emerged thirsty for a new frontier, but whose time would have to wait. The film tells the definitive story of thirteen truly remarkable women who reached for the stars but were ahead of their time.
SRUK/CERU Northwest is contributing to this initiative sponsoring the screening of their documentary “Mercury13”, an outreach activity where documentaries and movies are used as a tool to disseminate science to the general public.
“If we’re going to send a human being to space, we should send the one most qualified.” The definitive story of thirteen truly remarkable women who reached for the stars but were ahead of their time. Come and join us the 6th of February at 18:15 in the Instituto Cervantes if Manchester for a fantastic evening full of Science!
Date: Wednesday, 6th February, 18:15. Location: 326-330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester M3 4FN