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November 28, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(9):1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110220110036

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Have you an adventurous nature? Are you 36 years of age or younger, with an MD or other doctorate? Are you physically fit? If so, the cosmos awaits you! Jules Verne could have written the advertisement seeking scientists for the exploration of space, the moon, and the planets.

In fact, it is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with the cooperation and assistance of the National Academy of Science, who hope to attract well-trained men (and perhaps even a few women) to their cause. Although manned space flights are sufficiently common and safe that we have become almost blasé, there remains something eerie in the realization that a huge government agency and a major scientific group have combined to recruit members for future expeditions.

Six scientists, including one physician, already have joined NASA, but many more are required. To date all US astronauts have been skilled fliers, but none have