Step inside NASA's astronaut coaching simulators
Subsequent weekend, theater-goers will watch astronaut Mark Watney battle to outlive on the purple planet in The Martian. In the meantime, the Mars One initiative whittles down an inventory of Earth dwellers to journey to the exact same planet by 2020. In a hostile and alien surroundings like Mars, it takes information, preparation and follow to outlive. You possibly can’t simply, as Watney put it, “science the shit out of this” if you do not have a clue what to anticipate. To honor previous orbital pioneers and future planetary explorers, we take a look at a number of the simulators and mockups that actual astronauts utilized in preparation for launching themselves off this blue orb and into the properly-studied, but unpredictable vastness of area.
[Image: NASA / Mercury astronaut training on gimbal rig 1960]
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