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NASA / New Astronauts / First Women #254899

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 30, 1978
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(Studio) Orientation session in Houston for astronauts newly chosen by NASA, incl. 6 women, reported; group will man space shuttle. Among those chosen are Catherine Sullivan, who's finishing doctoral studies in Nova Scotia, Judith Resnik, employed by Xerox in California, Sally Ride, researcher at Stanford University, and Anna Fisher, of Ranchos Palos Verdes, California.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Houston, Texas) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) film and animation shown; women astronauts duties on shuttle outlined. 2 women subjects of report are from Oklahoma City and Memphis. Background of Tennessean Dr. Rhea Seddon given. [SEDDON - thinks people would say space is one of most important things being done now, as is medicine. Has always wanted to do something important with life.] Seddon's favorite musical selection, "Theme from Star Wars," mentioned. Background of Dr. Shannon Lucid, who was born in China (PR) and works in cancer research, given. [LUCID - talks about having worked long hrs.] Lucid's husband Michael's plans for going with her and family to Houston for her training cited. Views of both Seddon and Lucid re: potential roles for women in NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) program outlined. [LUCID - notes probable differences in physiological reactions of men and women in space situations and need to know what these are.] [SEDDON - is interested in what changes and differences there will be, so much so that isn't afraid. Cites views on equality for women and on role of women astronauts.] [LUCID - thinks women's activities show other women they can do things, too.] NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) training plans for new astronauts outlined.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Engberg, Eric

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