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Project Mercury: AWT Gimbaling Rig Showing Motion

This device is formally known as the MASTIF or Multiple Axis Space Test Inertia Facility and was located in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the Lewis Research Center. Lewis is now known as the John H. Glenn Research Center. MASTIF was designed to train astronauts to regain control of a tumbling spacecraft but was only used for a couple of years and was dismantled in the early 1960s.

 

Image # : C1959-52233

Date: December 16, 1959

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Taken on December 16, 1959