Space Periods Part 2: THE HISTORY | #AskAbby Space and Science Show | The Mars Generation

Season 2, Episode 2 of The Space and Science Show #AskAbby series
Presented by TheMarsGeneration.org

Space Periods Part 1: THE LOGISTICS 

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In this episode, Astronaut Abby talks about how the space industry used periods to discriminate against female astronauts.

A 1964 report released after the termination of the Women in Space program stated in reference to menstruating female astronauts, that putting a “temperamental psychophysiological human” with a “complicated machine” was a bad idea (cue eye roll). We know that women have faced numerous challenges throughout history in advancing in certain fields…and the space industry is no exception.

This episode includes discussion about topics such as: What were some misconceptions about periods in space in the 1960s? What challenges has this caused for the first female astronauts? How did a woman’s performance compare to a man’s in astronaut training? Why might female candidates actually have an edge over males in space? And how have we progressed since the 196o’s?

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