Biomedical Experiment, Microscope Slides

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

These two microscope slides probably represent the earliest artifacts that relate to space medical research. They comprise thin sections of brain and lung tissue taken from mice subjected to 212g's in a centrifuge in the laboratory of Professeor Milian in Paris in 1932. The slides show considerable tissue damage from the high acceleration forces. These experiments were a follow-on of a series started in 1931 by Wernher von Braun when he was a student at the ETH in Zurich.

The slides were donated to the Smithsonian Institution in October 1968 by Constantine D.J. Generales Jr., MD, D.Phil.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Gift of Constantine D. G. Generales Jr.

Materials

Glass, organic media, cardboard, paper

Dimensions

In Frame: 0.5 x 10 x 10cm (3/16in. x 3 15/16in. x 3 15/16in.)

Country of Origin

France

Type

LITERATURE AND RESEARCH-Miscellaneous

Inventory Number

A19780279000

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