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March 30 @ 11:00 am
  • Non-fiction
  • Science & the Imagination

Sue Nelson

Wally Funk's Race For Space
An image of Sue Nelson and the cover of her new book

Venue:

Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
Tickets:
£7
£5 concessions (27 years and under)
Book

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

In 1961, Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to pass the Woman in Space programme. But none of the women ever went to space. In this offbeat odyssey, journalist and fellow space buff Sue Nelson travels with Wally as she races to make her own giant leap.

The Mercury 13 were the first group of American pilots to pass the Woman in Space programme. Wally sailed through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests, with one of her scores beating all the male Mercury 7 astronauts’, including John Glenn’s, the first American in orbit.

But just one week before the final phase of training, the programme was abruptly cancelled. A combination of politics and prejudice meant that none of the women ever flew into space. Undeterred, Wally went on to become America’s first female aviation safety inspector, though her dream of being an astronaut never dimmed.

In her new book, journalist and space buff Sue Nelson joins Wally, now approaching her eightieth birthday, as she races to make her own giant leap, before it’s too late. Covering their travels across the United States and Europe – taking in NASA’s mission control in Houston, the European Space Agency’s HQ in Paris and Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Wally’s ride into space awaits – this is a uniquely intimate and entertaining portrait of a true aviation trailblazer.

DAILY MAIL BOOK OF THE WEEK

Wally Funk’s character leaps off the page … fantastic and so inspirational. Naga Munchetty, BBC Breakfast

THE BIOGRAPHY OF WALLY FUNK AS SEEN IN THE ACCLAIMED MAJOR NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY MERCURY 13

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Science & the Imagination weekendat Anglia Ruskin University and other venues in Chelmsford, taking place on Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March.

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Venue

Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
01245 493131