Deke Slayton must recruit female astronauts after Russia lands a woman on the moon named Anastasia Belikova. Starting with 20 "Astronaut Candidates" (informally "ASCAN"), one being Tracy Stevens, wife of Apollo 15's Gordo Stevens. Two of the last of Mercury 13 named Molly Cobb and Patty Doyle. A black woman named Danielle Poole, who works at NASA's computers rooms. A woman named Ellen Waverly round out the last 5, after 200 days of Qualifications testing.