With Jane Clayson in for Tom Ashbrook.
In the days of the Space Race, they became overnight celebrities as their husbands shot for the Moon. The Astronaut Wives Club.
“If you think going to the Moon is hard, try staying at home,” said Barbara Cernan, the wife of astronaut Gene Cernan.
As their husbands shot for the stars, astronaut wives faced their own big challenges. In Life magazine, they were all beehives and lipstick – projecting an image of the perfect family for NASA as they worried privately about risks to their husbands and strains on their marriage.
This hour, On Point: “The Astronaut Wives Club.” Plus, we’ll talk about the Mercury 13, the would-be female astronauts at the dawn of the Space Race.
Jane Dreyfus, formerly married to Pete Conrad - Commander of the Apollo 12 mission and the third man to walk on the Moon.
This program aired on June 18, 2013.