do in space is practiced dozens of times on the ground -- whether
it's attaching a new piece of equipment to the space station during
a spacewalk or growing cell cultures to better understand how cancer
trainers ensure that astronauts not only understand every task they
will do in space, but that they understand the intricacies of the
equipment and systems with which they will be working.
The Making of an Astronaut : A New
NASA’s 2004 astronaut candidate class was the first chosen as
NASA embarked on the Vision for Space Exploration, and included the first educator astronauts who will help inspire the next generation
Read their journals about
flight training, water survival training and more!
Making of an Astronaut : ISS Training
Astronauts training for extended stays at the International Space
Station spend 18 months preparing for their missions.
Extreme Environment Mission Operations
The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, program
sends groups of NASA employees and contractors to live in Aquarius
-- the world's only underwater laboratory -- for up to two weeks
at a time. For NASA, Aquarius provides a convincing analog to the
International Space Station, and NEEMO crewmembers experience some
of the same tasks and challenges underwater as they would in space.
The Sonny Carter Training Facility near Johnson Space Center, Houston,
Texas, provides controlled neutral buoyancy operations to simulate
the zero-g or weightless condition that is experienced by spacecraft
and crew during space flight. The facility provides important preflight
training for spacewalks, familiarizing future crewmembers with the
dynamics of body motion under weightless conditions.
prime space shuttle contractor provides personnel and hardware for
training crewmembers, preparing them for the tasks they will perform
during upcoming missions.
divers at Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.
The divers provide assistance in the training of astronauts
in a simulated zero-gravity environment. |
fled Castro's Cuba as a child. She made a less dramatic, but
long journey from the Philippines. Their love for art, science
and science fiction brought them together in high school. Now
this married couple works on key NASA programs at the Marshall
Space Flight Center. |
looking for a new job, science teacher Debrah Underwood didn't
dream that today she'd be training astronauts to operate cutting-edge
science experiments aboard the International Space Station.
Underwood is Training and Crew Operations Group Lead at the
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. |