Underwater Astronaut Trainer (UAT)
The Underwater Astronaut Trainer at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center is a smaller version of the Neutral Buoyancy Tanks used by astronauts at NASA's Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston, Texas. The UAT is designed to simulate zero gravity, or micro gravity, conditions encountered by astronauts working in space.
The UAT is used by Advanced Academy. Inside the UAT, the trainees experience the realities of the neutral buoyancy environment as part of their 5-day astronaut training. This opportunity includes an Entry SCUBA Experience (ESE) which enables the trainees to participate in an activity that requires a basic understanding of diving physics and the use of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA).
Each student attempts various tasks performed by astronauts in outer space. There is a hands-on trial of the principles of momentum, kinetic energy and buoyancy, as well as hardware for the assembly of exact duplicates of experimental space structures.
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