MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Telemedicine may look like a future technology, but NASA has been using it to handle astronaut health care since the 1960s.
In a brief presentation at this year’s TEDMED conference, host Jay Walker told the audience how the 1st men who walked on the moon were wired with telemetric sensors that were monitored by mission control back on Earth.
(Thanks to MedGadget for the tip!)
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