Control Knob, Manual, Accessories, Shuttle Cycle Ergometer

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This control knob works with the ergometer (computer) base of the exercise cycle flown on space shuttle missions for the astronauts' daily workout. Twisting it manually changed the workload (resistance) of the cycle for the desired level of effort. NASA transferred a complete cycle ergometer kit to the Museum when the shuttle program ended. Astronauts assembled the kit in orbit and attached the cycle ergometer to the floor of the crew cabin, taking turns using it for an hour or two at a time to maintain their fitness during missions. NASA transferred a complete cycle ergometer kit to the Museum when the shuttle program ended.