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April 22, 2016
Q. What did a candy bar have to do with an early astronaut heading for the high heavens?
A. It was returning from the high heavens that was recently on the mind of Human Factors expert Bob Hooson, who recounted to Discover magazine his assignment for the 1961 suborbital flight of astronaut Alan Shepard. As a specialist in physiological psychology, Hooson was concerned for Shepard's well-being on splashdown, where one scenario envisioned the astronaut having to wait in the water several hours before pickup.
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