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September 12, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(2):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010200100016

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Volunteers Selected for Simulated Space Flight.—  Volunteer Air Force pilots have been carefully screened and a group selected from which two men will be drawn for the first experiment in the United States in long-term simulated space flight. Lieut. Col. George R. Steinkamp, chief of the department of astroecology for the Air Force's School of Aviation Medicine, said plans are being made to confine two of the volunteers in a space cabin simulator for 30 days. The simulator is a 7-ton device 8 ft. high and 12 ft. long. Despite the physical problems of living in cramped quarters for an extended period, the greatest stresses will probably be psychological. The men who enter the cabin will be completely sealed off from the world to which they have grown so accustomed. Time will weigh heavily on their minds. The familiar day-night cycle will be lost.The astronauts will breathe

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