The Training Regimen of NASA's First Astronauts

The first class of NASA astronauts, dubbed the ‘Mercury 7,’ were put through a series of rigorous tests to prepare them for space, from heat chambers to to simulated weightlessness. Apollo’s Moon Shot premieres Sunday, June 16 at 8 PM on Smithsonian Channel, with new episodes each Sunday for six weeks. (3:07)

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