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Advance Biomedical Capsule Training Couch

DAYTON, Ohio -- Advance Biomedical Capsule Training Couch on display in the Missile & Space Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Advance Biomedical Capsule Training Couch on display in the Missile & Space Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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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