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Jake Garn, U.S. politician and astronaut, c 1985

Beginning in 1981, United States Senator Edwin Jacob "Jake" Garn (b 1932), from Utah, pressured NASA to let him fly on a Space Shuttle mission, and in 1985 he was included on the STS-51-D mission of Space Shuttle Discovery. Garn's role was as a congressional observer and as a subject for medical experiments on space motion sickness. Despite having flown more than 10,000 hours as a Navy combat pilot, the space sickness Garn experienced was so severe that a scale for space sickness was jokingly based on him, where "1 Garn" is the highest possible level of sickness. (Source: NASA. Public domain.)