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Life Sciences Activities Associated with Project MercuryFifteen years of speculation and study concerning the problems of placing man into space flight produced a mass of reports which contemplated the hurdles and suggested solutions needed to permit safe flight. The accumulation of problems occurred in all disciplines. This could have been expected because the area of study was in the unknown, and speculation and calculation were the only methods of attack until flight data could be obtained. The Life Sciences community was as prolific in the identification of potential problem areas as the other scientific disciplines. The arrival of the era of manned space flight offers the opportunity to assess the problems directly and to define what is speculation and what is problem. This paper will discuss two areas of life sciences activities during the Project Mercury program. The first area will review the life-support activities associated with the spacecraft development and the provisions for the astronaut. The second area will present a summarization of the data concerning man's ability to live and work in this new environment and will attempt to present an analysis of the significance of the findings in light of future flights.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Stanley C White (Manned Spacecraft Center Houston, Texas, United States)
C Patrick Laughlin (University Hospitals of Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1962
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the National Meeting on Manned Space Flight (Unclassified Portion)
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Meeting Information
National Meeting on Manned Space Flight(St. Louis, MO)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Physiological response
Life science
Mercury project
Mercury capsule

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