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In 1959, champion aviator Betty Skelton became the first woman to undergo the physical and psychological tests of NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts, opening the door to future opportunities for women.

This first-person, live performance engages our visitors with the story of Betty Skelton—and the much larger story of women’s contribution to space and aviation history and exploration. The performance was scripted, created, and performed by Elysia Segal, a teaching artist and producer of public programs at the Museum, as well as a NASA Solar System Ambassador.

The performance delves into Betty’s experiences with early astronaut training, also providing context to the social climate of women’s equality at that time, and connecting it to the Mercury 13 – the 13 women who also famously passed the Mercury astronaut training in hopes of breaking the gender barrier. 
Performances will take place in the Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion. 

Upcoming Performance dates:
Saturday, October 8: 12:00pm & 2:00pm
Sunday, October 16: 1:00pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm
Saturday, November 5: 1:30pm & 3:30pm
Saturday, November 19: 11:15am & 2:30pm

*All times and dates are subject to change.






Betty Skelton: For All Womankind is generously supported by grants from the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation and the Michael Tuch Foundation.

Betty Skelton: For All Womankind is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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Betty Skelton: For All Womankind is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



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