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Deaf Difference + Space Survival
In the early 1960s a joint research project hosted by the U.S. Department of the Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sought out deaf men from Gallaudet University to participate in experiments on balance, motion sickness, and weightlessness.
Eleven men aged 25 – 48, most deaf from meningitis, joined the research project and remained involved for most of the decade. They spun in centrifuges, stayed for days in a rotating room, participated in zero-gravity flights, and helped their country understand space survival.
Media kits created by Gallaudet University's National Deaf Life Museum for the "Deaf Difference + Space Survival" exhibition.
Take a look at our photo collections for the Deaf Difference + Space Survival Exhibition.
Photo and video collections of Gallaudet University's Deaf Difference + Space Survival Exhibition.
Deaf Difference + Space Survival Exhibition Video Still Image: An image of Jerald Jordan flying inside of an airplane with ""Deaf Difference + Space Survival"" logo. On the bottom, two logos of Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center and Gallaudet University Museum.
Deaf Difference + Space Survival banner with Jerald Jordan floating inside of airplane.
Curatorial advisors, image donors and interviewees.
This exhibition tells the story of Deaf people who served the nation by participating in early space studies. They put their minds and bodies to work in centrifuges, on zero-gravity flights, and on rough seas.
Media and community coverage on Deaf Difference + Space Survival Exhibition.
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