On July 3, 2021, The Museum of Flight opens Stranger Than Fiction: The Incredible Science of Aerospace Medicine, a new exhibition about a lofty subject wrapped in a retro SciFi comic book motif. It’s the story of daring aviation and space adventurers, doctors and researchers developing the means for us to go higher, faster and farther through the air and into space. These are the people who brought themselves to the brink, studied near-death experiences and advanced science so the danger zone could become the comfort zone. Sometimes what they did seemed just plain crazy.
Stranger Than Fiction was created by the Museum with a team of aerospace medicine professionals, flight surgeons and spaceflight experts bringing decades of experience from NASA, the military and the commercial spaceflight industry. The exhibit features dozens of artifacts ranging from flight suits and space suits to tools of the trade and air sickness bags.
Today we can live in space, comfortably fly faster than a speeding bullet, and snooze at a window seat that is inches away from an environment of certain death. It took decades to accomplish and getting there hasn’t always been safe or sane. Stranger Than Fiction is a window seat on the journey.