Sees the fire in my eyes and
wants to play with it. ❞
Haiku by l.s.f. (via seabelle)
All of the NASA Astronauts since the Gemini Program have trained in Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility.
In the first two photos, you see Crew Compartment Trainer II (CCT-II), representing a continuous cycle of old being replaced with new. CCT-II could be tilted 180 degrees, into various nose-up or nose-down configurations, to simulate different phases of a shuttle flight. This is one of three orbiter mockups that used to be in the facility, two of which have been moved to museum duty. Another piece of old hardware is shown in the third photo, a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) trainer, which hasn’t been used since 1984. The fourth photo displays the Space Station Robotic Arm, which is now retired.
The rest of the photos show items that are currently being used. Our fifth photo shows the Low-Fidelity Orion Mockup, and sixth shows the Medium-Fidelity Orion Mockup. Crews are currently training in these, preparing for the first manned SLS launch scheduled for 2021.
Photos seven, eight and nine show the manned, pressurized rover vehicles NASA is experimenting with. These could be used, first, on the surface of the moon. These photos also show two of the air bearing floors, that simulate a frictionless environment, used for microgravity training. The Six Degree of Freedom Dynamic Test System, shown in the final photo, simulates the mechanics of two spacecraft meeting and docking in space.