Limited Visibility: Why did it take NASA so long to launch a woman into space? Scientific American

One story resurfaces every few years: the tale of the Mercury 13–13 women whom NASA recruited for the space program, then ditched with nary a launch or an explanation. Or so the story goes. According to Promised the Moon, the fine new book by Stephanie Nolen, a foreign correspondent for Canada’s Globe and Mail, the whole truth went deeper.