National Affairs: A New Human Experience

What will the first Mercury Astronaut feel, see and hear? Last week an eloquent forecast came from Navy Captain Norman Barr, veteran flight surgeon and pilot (12,500 hours), who helped set the physical requirements for the space-bound seven. Said Dr. Barr to the American Academy of General Practice in San Francisco:

Man's first trip into space will be a new human experience, to be highly desired by courageous and adventurous men, but fraught with hardships, difficulties and danger.

His difficulties will begin with the rocket launching. The acceleration pressure of 8 g. [eight times...

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