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Advance Biomedical Capsule Training Couch

At Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Air Force researchers trained chimpanzees to push levers in response to timed and colored lights in order to approximate human behavior in spaceflight. The training couch on display contains two levers and a selection of lights. Holloman's group of six chimps underwent 29 training sessions before one chimp was selected for the first Mercury primate test flight.

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