Seatest for New Astronauts

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New ESA astronauts Andreas Mogensen and Thomas Pesquet complete their “Seatest” experience at NASA’s underwater test bed in Florida.

     ESA astronauts Andreas Mogensen and Thomas Pesquet returned from their “Seatest” experience at NASA’s underwater test bed in Florida.  Mogensen stayed 20 m underwater for four nights with three other astronauts in training, or AIT’s, as I call them.  The AITs performed “waterwalks” to simulate “spacewalks” and practiced crew procedures on the underwater space station as if it were the International Space Station.  They re-created lunar spacewalks by changing the weights on their scuba gear.  The simulation also involved a test of the new “gymnasium-in-a-box” meant to keep astronauts fit during space travel.  Pesquet stayed above the water (or on the ground) to serve as light director and communicator.