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Space History Photo: Boilerplate Mercury Capsule

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Engineers inspect a boilerplate Mercury capsule in 1960. (Image credit: NASA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, looking like a scene from an H.G. Wells novel, engineers inspect and test a boilerplate Mercury space capsule. Note the array of bulky test equipment on the table and the less than clean-room conditions.

Today such testing is conducted under virtually sterile conditions in a completely controlled environment.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the U.S. government agency in charge of the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

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