Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 2: Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Day 2 began with astronaut Leroy Chiao, as the keynote speaker, describing his four missions; one including 6 months living on the International Space Station (ISS). Afterwards I attended a session which gave details on how best to apply for opportunities to fly an experiment on a future microgravity plane mission, and also tried out a biological experiment already completed by students and educators at zero-g. The highlight of the day, however, was conducting an ISS simulation using Scuba gear and the same underwater training exercises that are given to NASA astronauts at the initiation of their training. Our guides were from NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, and our team came in 2nd (out of 4) for our timed assembly test.

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