But a woman stood out, Joan Morgan, 28,
Morgan, who worked as a mission controller, was the only woman allowed in the shooting room where NASA staff were locked during Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. But she had to get a special permission to be there.
"My Director of Information Systems called me and said," You are our best communicator. We'll catch you on the console, "she said," but later I realized she had to convince Dr Kurt Debuss, Center Director, that it would be okay. "
As the first female engineer at Cape Canaveral, Morgan remembered is "immersed in the human world, where everyone around me was men."
This fact became quite obvious at certain times
"Many of the buildings in which oteh had no women's toilets, "she said.
"Sometimes during the tests, the guards were just great." He came and said, "Do you need a break?
Morgan said the boys were trying not to notice. "If I had to go, I had to go!
The Nonsense Phone Calls and the "Arrival"
To be just a woman meant to deal with sexism and to come from time to time.
For the first time I started in Blockhouse 34, came the test and literally hit me on the back and he said, "We do not have women here." And I thought, "Oh, oh." That's why I called my director … and phone calls were made, "she said. "The same day, the big man responsible for the Apollo program at the Kennedy Space Center dropped … and he said," JoAnn, welcome to work here.
When Morgan first started working in the shooting room, she also received some obscene phone calls.
"One time when one of them came, I slammed the phone." One of the television operators from the station below appeared and he said, "Something wrong? Something is wrong? "And I said," Yes, "he said," The look of your face, was there death in the family? "I said," No, an obscene phone call. "
But I never allowed myself to feel like Roy Tarp was sitting next to Morgan in the shooting room as the chief controller for Apollo 11.
"You can never get anything out of it because it will take you and cut you "She was extremely competent."
As a child, she preferred chemical kits for dolls
He grew up, Morge was an early child of World War II, and she skipped the first grade and read all the books in her primary school library, and her favorite father's gift was a chemistry kit