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Training Astronauts Underwater
2013-09-11 10:44:52

ESA ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and ESA astronaut instructor Hervé Stevenin slipped into the roles of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin last week for an underwater simulation of the historic mission to the Moon. Training astronauts underwater is an effective way of getting used to the sensations of working in weightlessness for long periods. Last week the underwater training concept was extended by French deep-diving specialists Comex to simulate gravity on the Moon. Lunar...

Talking To The Future And Listening To The Past
2012-07-18 15:24:34

ESA astronaut Tim Peake recently spent 12 days underwater with three other aquanauts to look at the best ways for astronauts to explore an asteroid. Behind the scenes, a large support team was learning through experience. No effort was spared to make the experience as realistic as possible. This Neemo mission simulated a mission to an asteroid 15 million km from Earth, almost 39 times further than the Moon. At this distance, it would take a message from Earth around 50 seconds to reach...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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