On the Radar: NASA’s Infamous “Gimbal Rig”

This image shows NASA's Gimbal Rig in motion. NASA used this device to test Mercury astronauts' ability to recover from disorientation that resulted from up to 30 RPM in simultaneous roll, pitch, and yaw. The astronauts had to reset their mock instruments after--and sometimes during--the exercise to prove they could control the craft in tumble …

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On the Radar: Louis Armstrong serenading his wife on the Giza Plateau, 1961

Want to know more about this iconic photo? Read up on how jazz greats spread American culture to countries across the world as part of a United States' Cold War ambassadorial mission at: OpenCulture Vintage Everyday Or, read a book about it: Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War by Penny …

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