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Humans in Space
 
Humankind's need to explore the universe takes us beyond our atmosphere into space. But space is a dangerous place. On each journey, space travelers need protection from radiation, meteoroids and extreme temperatures, and they must also have air to breathe. Examine the spacesuits and spacecraft to discover some of the ways we protect ourselves from the harsh environment of space.
   
Apollo-Soyuz Command Module   The actual Apollo capsule that docked with Russia's Soyuz space craft in July 1975.
     
Gemini 11 Capsule   The real capsule flown into space by Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon in September 1966
     
Mercury-Redstone 2   The capsule launched as part of the Mercury program, which took a primate into space in preparation for a human launch. The primate, a chimpanzee named Ham, paved the way for human astronauts to follow.
     
Apollo Spacesuit   The suit worn into space by command module pilot Thomas Mattingly on the Apollo 16 mission to the moon in April 1972.
     
Space Shuttle Endeavour   The orbiter is now on display at California Science Center. Begin your experience in Endeavour: The California Story, a companion exhibit featuring images and artifacts that relate the shuttle program to California, where the orbiters were built, and then see Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.
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