|Born||October 30, 1931|
|Known for||Mercury 13, aviation|
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."
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