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Stranger Than Fiction: The Incredible Science of Aerospace Medicine tells the story of daring aviation and space adventurers, doctors and researchers developing the means for us to go higher, faster and farther through the air and into space. It is about the people who brought themselves to the brink, studied near-death experiences and advanced science so the danger zone could become the comfort zone. Sometimes what they did seemed just plain crazy. Stranger Than Fiction also shows the science behind the stories, and presents it all in a retro SciFi comic book motif.

The exhibition was created by the Museum with a team of aerospace medicine professionals, flight surgeons and spaceflight experts bringing decades of experience from NASA, the military and the commercial spaceflight industry. The exhibit features dozens of artifacts ranging from flight suits and spacesuits to tools of the trade and air sickness bags.

Today we can live in space, comfortably fly faster than a speeding bullet, and snooze at a window seat that is inches away from an environment of certain death. This took decades to accomplish and getting there hasn’t always been safe or sane. Stranger Than Fiction is a window seat on the journey.

Official Exhibit Soundtrack

In collaboration with local artist Leeni Ramadan, we're excited to present her composition Strangers In Flight as the official soundtrack to Stranger Than Fiction, perfectly capturing the essence of those daring explorations into air and space.

“Strangers In Flight”
Composed by Leeni Ramadan

If you have interest in more of Leeni’s work:
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We gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship of this exhibit by the following organizations:

Presenting Sponsor

Bristol Myers Squibb logo

Supporting Sponsor

Kaiser Permanente