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Sarah Ratley


Sarah Lee Gorelick Ratley


Born in Kansas City, KS, Sarah was working for AT&T as an Electrical Engineer when solicited by Lovelace for testing. She received the phone call on Saturday, and was in Albuquerque, NM at the Clinic on Monday.

Educationally, she was as qualified as any Mercury 7 astronaut, with a B.S. in Mathematics, with minors in Physics and Chemistry. At 28 and single, she held a Commercial Pilots license, with Airplane Single and Multi Engine Land ratings, Single Engine Sea, Instrument, Rotor and Glider ratings.



Sarah was a free spirited sort, and participated in 6 All Women Transcontinental Air Races (Powder Puff), and numerous others including the International Women's Air Race.

After the testing was complete, she left AT&T and became an accountant. She now works for the IRS in Kansas, and still pokes holes in the sky for fun, in a Cessna 172.




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