Death of Bernice Steadman

July 9, 1925 - March 18, 2015
Traverse City, Michigan | Age 89

Part of NASA's 'Mercury 13' program dies
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The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A woman who was among 13 selected for training as possible astronauts in the early 1960s has died at her northern Michigan home. She was 89.

Bernice Steadman was a member of the so-called "Mercury 13." NASA dropped the program, and it was 22 more years before a U.S. woman went to space.

Robert Steadman says his wife died Wednesday in Traverse City. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Steadman had a pilot's license before a...

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