Saturday, May 3, 2014

Retro Saturday: Man and Space

Click the arrow to watch the video on YouTube. Video source: Air Force Space & Missile Museum.

This week's Retro Saturday film is Man and Space, a 1963 U.S. Air Force documentary about the fine art of bioastronautics.

Can humans survive flight beyond the atmosphere? Will their brains swell up? Can they swallow? Will their hearts beat?

Today we know the answers are yes, and wonder why anyone would think to the contrary, but fifty-five years ago Project Mercury began to answer those questions.

Bioastronautics is the discipline that answers those questions, and it continues today at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

It began at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, at the Bioastronautics Operational Support Unit (BOSU). You'll see BOSU operations near the end of the film.

The Cape's BOSU building was demolished in April 2013.

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