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Race for Space: Wally Funk and Sue Nelson in conversation

Saturday 22nd June 2019 6pm - 7pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event

Meet former member of the 1961 Women in Space programme Wally Funk, in conversation with her biographer Sue Nelson on the small steps and giant leaps that marked her extraordinary life.

Retracing the steps chronicled in Nelson's biography of Funk Wally Funk’s Race for Space, the two women will recount Wally Funk's historical experience as one of the Mercury 13—a  group of female pilots who trained to be astronauts in 1961, only to have their spaceflight ambitions crushed when the programme was shut down. 

Discussing the impact of these fearless female aviators and examining the politics that kept them out of the space race, Funk will share her own journey—how she moved forward undeterred, becoming America’s first female aviation safety inspector and teaching over 3000 pilots to fly over the course of her career. She will also reveal how, on the eve of her 80th birthday, she might still have a chance to fly to the stars...

This event will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.


Tickets: £12 including a copy of Wally Funk’s Race for Space (RRP £9.99) / £5 standard 

Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road


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