John Glenn's History-Changing Health Mystery

On February 26, 1964, a 40-year-old man slipped in a hotel bathroom and hit his head on the tub. The painful fall would ultimately change the way the entire world approached space exploration. Why? Because that man was John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and that fall created a medical mystery that pushed research into what spaceflight could do to the human body to the forefront.

In the latter Popular science video, we dive into the intriguing backstory of Glenn's bathroom leak.

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