American Experience

Testing Mankind's Limits

Clip: Season 28 Episode 6 | 2m 59s | Video has closed captioning.

U.S. Air Force aviation doctor, John Paul Stapp, tested the limits of human physiology both on the ground and in near-space. Not satisfied with the accepted belief that 18 G's -- or 18 times the pull of gravity -- could kill a person, he set out to prove humans could survive acceleration and deceleration at rapid speeds and from dizzying heights. "Space Men" premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS.

Aired: 03/01/16

Rating: NR

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