Medicine: Specifications for Space

What were the airmen doing in the mountains? Late in July a seven-man team from the U.S.A.F. School of Aviation Medicine reached the rock-strewn slopes and box canyons of Colorado's Mt. Evans (14,260 ft.) and there staged some weird exercises. Led by a tall, lean and weathered man in Alpine shoes, long, green wool stockings and climbing knickers, the airmen went on ever-lengthening hikes (from 90 min. to ten hours), ran up and down the steep slopes above timberline, leaped from boulder to boulder. Purpose: Air Force wanted to know whether the human...

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