This short 1970s film from Merck & Co., Inc. highlights some of the advances in medicine that have come as a result of developments in NASA’s space program. The film opens with an astronaut spinning in a simulator. Another astronaut experiences simulated zero-gravity. Astronauts in space suits work outside of a space shuttle (01:28). Dr. Charles Berry, Director of the Life Sciences Program at NASA and the astronauts’ physician, speaks to camera about his role at the control center for the mission (02:11). Footage shows astronauts in a space shuttle somersaulting, followed by a space capsule parachuting into the ocean. A doctor uses video conferencing technology to talk to a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital from a remote clinic (04:22); using a joystick, the remote doctor operates a camera to take a look at the patient’s mouth and throat. Astronauts drive a rover on the moon (07:18). A man holds a small firefly in the palm of his hand (07:50). An enzyme from the firefly is used by NASA for the rapid detection of bacteria: viewers see researchers using an automatic flash analyzer developed from the enzyme for rapid detection. A man shows a small capsule that, once swallowed, records body temperature (08:44); the patient swallows the small capsule. There is a close-up of the capsule. The patient rides a stationary bicycle so researchers can test temperature increases measured by the capsule. A female patient lays on a table for a polyfoam x-ray. A doctor shows a NASA-developed instantaneous florescent x-ray plate (11:58). A portable radiation source device is used in remote clinics for on-the-spot x-rays (12:14). A woman monitors a polygraph machine as it charts the brain waves of a patient. A man puts on an electrode cap that was developed as part of a spacesuit in order to monitor astronauts’ brain waves. Space rocket boosters are fired in a testing environment (14:25). A doctor charts spots on a child’s back to listen to the boy’s lungs with a stethoscope. A technician monitors an oscilloscope (15:44), which records the sounds of the lungs. A computer analyzes the recorded sounds to look for asthma or other respiratory issues. Viewers see a NASA simulator used to test G-stress on the body (17:46). A man puts on glasses that use eye movement and photo-electric sensors to control a wheel chair. Celeste Thompson, who is paralyzed from polio, uses a mechanical arm to feed herself (19:58). The arm is controlled by a tongue-operated pressure-sensitive device. She uses the device to apply lipstick and mascara. The film concludes with a shot of an astronaut working outside of a spaceship.

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