In summer 1962, John Glenn testified in front of Congress that there were no plans for women astronauts and that they were not necessary. “I think this gets back to the way our social order is organized, really,” Glenn said. “It is just a fact. The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes and come back and help design and build and test them. The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order.”