Sarah Ratley (nee Gorelick) (October 30, 1931 - March 18, 2020) was an American pilot and one of the Mercury 13 female astronauts group.
Born on October 30, 1931 in Kansas, Gorelick learned to fly in 1949 and raced in the Powder Puff Derby and toured with the Ninety-Nines. She graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, minoring in physics, chemistry and aeronautics, then worked as an engineer at AT&T.
During a tour of Europe she heard about a space research program, which produced the Mercury 13 and was invited to take part upon her return. She underwent invasive testing, including freezing the inner ear with ice water to induce vertigo. She said of the experience, "The tests didn’t bother me at all…. When you are young you can take anything. My mind was made up: I was going to pass."
After the Mercury 13, Gorelick became an accountant with the Internal Revenue Service and in 2007 received an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Wisconsin.
Sarah passed away on March 18, 2020.
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