Author Maura Mackowski will discuss her book, Testing The Limits: Aviation Medicine and the Origins of Manned Space Flight.

This book describes the crucial foundational contributions of military flight surgeons who routinely risked their lives in test aircraft, research balloons, pressure chambers, rocket-propelled sleds, or parachute harnesses. She reveals new details on human aeromedical experimentation at Dachau, Washington’s decision to limit astronaut status to males, and the choice to freeze the Air Force out of the research specialty it had created and brought to fruition.

You can buy Testing the Limits in the Museum store.

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Watch July 22 at 6:00 PM PDT
This is a FREE online presentation.

This lecture is part of the Stranger Than Fiction event series. Stranger Than Fiction: The Incredible Science of Aerospace Medicine tells the story of daring aviation and space adventurers, doctors and researchers developing the means for us to go higher, faster and farther through the air and into space.