Physiology: Spinning for Space

The cylindrical room at the Pensacola Naval Air Station was spinning around at ten revolutions per minute all last week. Inside it, along with a medical officer, were four young volunteer enlisted men who seemed to have nothing more serious to do than loll around in shorts and T shirts, watch TV, phone girl friends downtown, play catch with a tennis ball or toss darts.

But despite the casual air, there was nothing frivolous about the activity in that spinning silo. The Coriolis Acceleration Platform, as the Navy calls it, is being used...

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