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Weightless Environment Training Facility: Simulating Space Conditions Underwater

An astronaut trains underwater in a spacesuit with the help of two divers

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience:
Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 5-8
Year: 1991
Subjects: Life Science

This NASA segment explores how astronauts practice on Earth for missions in space. Viewers watch footage of astronauts in the Weightless Environment Training Facility, or WETF, as they perform maintenance exercises in a shuttle mock-up underwater. The segment emphasizes the amount of time and effort expended in training.

* Note: Astronauts now use the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory to practice for spacewalks. The NBL is located near NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.


Weightless Environment Training Facility: Simulating Space Conditions Underwater
Duration: 2 minute 29 seconds
> View QuickTime [8MB]

Other video learning clips in this series:
ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA): Astronauts Walk in Space
Environment, Temperature and Space Debris Pose Challenges for Space Walkers
Earth's Atmosphere: How Does It Differ From the Atmosphere in Space?
A Look at the Development of the Spacesuit, From Past to Present
A View of Astronauts Walking in Space

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