Airman Donald G. Farrell completed a seven-day simulated journey into space today, and said he?
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Background: Airman Donald G. Farrell completed a seven-day simulated journey into space today, and said he was ready and willing to make the first manned flight to the moon.
Airman Farrell, who comes from the Bronx, and is six-feet tall and 23 years old, said he would not hesitate to volunteer again for another seven-day test, after he stepped from the experimental space cabin at Randolph Air Force Base this morning. He said his services were available to the School, no matter what the test.
Airman Farrell was physically unmarked by his 168 hours of close and cramped confinement. He said he was too busy with the prescribed schedule laid out for him to be bored while he was in the chamber.... he did not have time to think of any discomfort.
Throughout the seven days Farrell breathed the same repurified air over and over again and heard and saw nothing that happened outside his three by five foot cubicle. The pressure inside the tank-like cabin had been lowered to a simulated 18,000 foot altitude. "The strongest sensation I had was that I could not whistle. I guess it was because of the altitude," he said.
After emerging from the space chamber, Farrell was greeted by important Air Force officials and research men, and then went away for a clean-up and food before attending a full-scale press conference at which he answered questions about the experiment...
THE ENCLOSED KINE STORY ORIGINATED FROM CHICAGO 2/17/58. AIRMAN FARRELL FINISHING HIS SEVEN DAY GUINEA PIG EXPERIMENT. THIS KINE SHOWS FARRELL EMERGING FROM HERMETICALLY SEALED CHAMBER AND PRESS CONFERENCE THAT FOLLOWED.