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Space History Photo: Project Mercury Altitude Wind Tunnel Gimbaling Rig

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This rig was developed at the MASTIF to train astronauts in how to gain control of a spacecraft moving in multiple directions at the same time. (Image credit: Bill Bowles.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, an image of MASTIF — Multiple Axis Space Test Inertia Facility — which was developed for Project Mercury to train astronauts in gaining control over a spacecraft that could move in multiple directions at once — pitching, rolling and yawing all at the same time.

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