Project Mercury astronaut M. Scott Carpenter practices manual control of a spacecraft in the Air Lubricated Free Attitude (ALFA) trainer located at NASA’s Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. This trainer allows the astronaut to see the image of Earth’s surface at his feet while manually controlling the spacecraft. Carpenter has been selected as the prime pilot of the United States’ second orbital flight. (1961)
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Project Mercury astronaut M. Scott Carpenter practices manual control of a spacecraft in the Air Lubricated Free Attitude (ALFA) trainer located at NASA’s Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. This trainer allows the astronaut to see the image of Earth’s surface at his feet while manually controlling the spacecraft. Carpenter has been selected as the prime pilot of the United States’ second orbital flight. (1961)

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Molded astronaut couches line the NASA Langley Research Centers model shop wall. The names of the test subjects (Langley employees) are written on the back. The couches are similar to those made for each astronaut and fitted into the Mercury capsules for manned spaceflight. Date: 07/07/1959.
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Molded astronaut couches line the NASA Langley Research Centers model shop wall. The names of the test subjects (Langley employees) are written on the back. The couches are similar to those made for each astronaut and fitted into the Mercury capsules for manned spaceflight. Date: 07/07/1959.

via: GRIN