Even Astronauts can Travel in Comfort
IO9 just posted a wonderful article detailing some of the difficulties involved in getting us squishy fragile humans past the sound barrier, the atmosphere, and gravity's inexorable grip and up into outer space. One of the main ones is preventing injury during the massive acceleration produced at launch.
NASA uses a casting process to copy the astronauts' bodies in a seated position and design custom crash couches from those templates. You can read the full article here: Squishy Astronauts Get Custom Seats to Protect Them From Bone-Shattering Landings.