Thursday, July 31, 2008

NASA & Subs and a Submarine in a Wind Tunnel

The Navy submarine pictured in this image underwent testing in the National Transonic Facility at Langley Research Center in this 1986 photo. Because air works in the same way as a liquid, wind tunnels can be used to simulate the effects of water on a submarine hull.


More NASA and Submarine Stuff:

The Limits of Astronauts Monday, Sep. 17, 1973

As the Skylab astronauts completed their 43rd day in space at week's end, they were still healthy and cheerful. Officials were elated. If the astronauts remained in good health and readjusted well to the earth's gravity on their return, said NASA Administrator James Fletcher, then "we've come a long way" toward proving that man can physically endure even the projected two-year Mars mission. But one group of experts remained doubtful about the prospects for longer manned flights. They were NASA's Navy consultants, who have spent years studying the psychological effects of lengthy confinement on U.S. nuclear-submarine crews. (Click for Rest of Article)

NASA wants to pay $17,000 for test subjects to stay in bed for 90 days straight

(Lets not make fun of submarine Chiefs on this one)

Participants will spend 90 days lying in bed, (except for limited times for specific tests) with their body slightly tilted downward (head down, feet up). Every day, they will be awake for 16 hours and lights out (asleep) for 8 hours.

Submarine Astronaut Stephen G. Bowen (CAPTAIN, USN)
Space Shuttle STS-126 mission to the International Space Station (ISS)
Launch of STS-126 is targeted for November 10, 2008

STS-126 News Wire

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