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        Space Men: Testing the Limits of the Human Body

        Discover how America's journey to space was paved by pioneers in the 1950s and 60s who tested the limits of human physiology in this excerpt from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Space Men. Not satisfied with the accepted belief that 18 Gs--or 18 times the pull of gravity--could kill a person, U.S. Air Force aviation doctor, John Paul Stapp, set out to prove humans could survive acceleration and deceleration at rapid speeds and from dizzying heights. This resource is part of the American Experience collection.

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