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How Astronauts Train Underwater at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab


Our photos of the Neutral Buoyancy Lab here: http://www.tested.com/science/space/456628-photo-gallery-inside-nasas-neutral-buoyancy-lab/ Remember that scene …

Diving into Space: Miles O’Brien in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab (BB Video)


This episode of Boing Boing Video is brought to you by www.wepc.com Boing Boing Video guest contributor Miles O’Brien brings us this special report on the same day NASA astronauts complete their final space walk — and zero-g repair job — on the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission #4. Miles says: ———— Astronauts spend a lot more time training for missions than flying in space. But I wouldn’t feel sorry for them as the training is an amazing adventure unto itself. They practice in airplanes that fly a roller-coaster pattern to give them brief stints of weightlessness (the so called Vomit Comet); they get to zoom around in supersonic T-38 training jets; they fly approaches to shuttle runways in a Gulfstream jet rigged up to fly (or more accurately, plummet) like a real orbiter; they get time in high-fidelity full motion simulators; they use virtual reality goggles to practice tasks they will perform in space – and if they are a spacewalker, they get to spend a lot of time in a huge swimming pool in a former hangar at Ellington Field – near the Johnson Space Center in Houston – learning the nuances of working in the void. Astronaut John Grunsfeld, who is an astronomer and a huge fan of the Hubble Space Telescope, invited me to join him during one of his 6 hour “runs” in the big pool – officially known as the Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. I watched him as he practiced the most challenging spacewalk of his long career – the resuscitation of the

Neutral Buoyancy Lab Egress


This is a short video I took while taking my tour of the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. It was really fun watching the astronauts come up from the water and get out of their suits. They were tired, they had been in training for 6 hours when this was taken.

Neutral Buoyancy Lab Egress


This is a short video I took while taking my tour of the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. It was really fun watching the astronauts come up from the water and get out of their suits. They were tired, they had been in training for 6 hours when this was taken.