Today's NASA YouTube Feature: 3,2,1, LIFTOFF

Editor's note: If you've ever seen one of those ancient movies from the 1950's where people fly on rocketships (which always seem to look like German V-2 rockets), you've no doubt seen the horrible grimaces the actors have on their faces as they are subjected to launch acceleration. Truth is, your face does get a bit distorted and pulled back as the G's climb. Indeed, actual footage from current centrifuge training seems to be funnier than B-movie depictions from half a century ago.

About 3:25 into this clip from the 50's SciFi flick "Rocketship X-M" (being abused as part of Mystery Science Theatre 3000) you can see how closely the grimaces match those seen in modern centrifuges.

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