Making Space: The Female Frontier spotlights the women who shaped space exploration

CNET's new podcast series hears from the trailblazing women of space -- from the early days of Apollo to the next giant leap toward

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In Episode 1 of Making Space, Morgan tells us her story — from her early days as one of the few women at NASA to the thrill of the moon landing and her continued push to get women involved in space exploration.

The women that fought to carve out a place at NASA, the scientists who were overlooked by the establishment all the way up to the trailblazers leading the charge in the next age of discovery — we hear from six iconic women who represent six important eras in space discovery. Launching on Sept. 9, you’ll be able to hear their stories over six weeks, with a new episode every Wednesday.

The history of space exploration is full of iconic images — Alan Shepard launching into orbit, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon — but for many years, women were missing from the picture.

In the early ’60s, as NASA’s Mercury astronauts launched into space, 13 women underwent a secret astronaut testing program to see if they had the right stuff to compete with the men.

CNET’s new podcast series hears from the trailblazing women of space — from the early days of Apollo to the next giant leap toward Mars.

On July 16, 1969, when Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, JoAnn Morgan was the only woman watching from the launch control room.

From the early days of the space race to the greatest scientific breakthroughs of our generation, women have always played a vital role in the history of space discovery.

Wally Funk, one of the few surviving members of the "Mercury 13" tells us the story of those grueling tests and why she’ll never never give up on her quest to go to space, all these years later.

The tests were designed to exactly replicate the testing done by the Mercury 7 astronauts to evaluate whether women were fit for space travel.

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