Bioastronautics Data Book

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  1. pato pal ur says:

    I hate to crap all over BB’s adoration with everything Japanese, but in addition to the Germans we must also include Japan’s myriad horrific experiments in Manchuria during WWII. Like Germany, the main scientists involved were exonerated by the US in exchange for the “valuable” data they could provide. I would guess that NASA’s biometric book is almost certainly stained with the blood of these innocent people.

    There’s an excellent if chilling short documentary online about this whole thing called “Nightmare in Manchuria.” I could just barely stomach watching the entire thing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    In case somebody were looking, the full text of the book is available here: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1973NASSP3006…..P

  3. Gareth Stack says:

    As we know at the end of WW2 the USA and USSR raced to acquire Nazi rocket scientists, and as much of their research (including research into the tolerances of the human body) as possible.

    Research that involved the torture and murder of hundreds, perhaps thousands of concentration camp victims. Including work carried out at Auschwitz-Birkenau by the notorious Dr. Mengle; and other ‘scientists’ at camps like Dachau, Buchenwald, Ravensbrück, and others.

    Experiments in particular relating to the human bodies tolerance for pressure and apoxia (so called ‘high altitude’ research) as revealed at the Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals.

    Given all that, there’s a more than slim possibility that some or much of this information was derived from the most unbearable suffering imaginable. Which makes the documents casual sadism even more chilling.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I used this book in the 70′s designing advanced deep sea diving systems for the USN. Bought a copy a few years ago as a keepsake.

  5. openfly says:

    Along the same lines, GE released a book that’s been heavily revised called the Handbook on Human Factors. Which describes in abject absolute detail every facet of design for interfaces involving human beings.

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