Science: Chimponauts in Training

At the Aeromedical Field Laboratory, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, about 20 chimponauts have almost finished their training this week for the fur-raising duty of pioneering in space psychology. Presumably they will teach their tormentors whether a spaceborne man will be psychologically capable of managing the instruments and communications of his swiftly moving craft. Since chimps are easier to train before they reach puberty, the pioneers are all relatively younger than the seven human astronauts, all married and fathers, who are training for the Mercury man-in-space program. Of the more promising...

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