Next on our itinerary of space conferences, AIA staff is blogging the American Astronautical Society’s Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting is being held at the historic epicenter of human spaceflight, NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC).
Before attending the conference, AIA was able to survey the facilities, capabilities, and assets that make JSC such an important installation – not just for Texas, but also the entire nation.
The photos taken by AIA during the visit (shown below) make clear that this incredible center continues to play an essential role in the world’s premier space program. As other space programs around the world continue to develop their own capabilities, a visit to JSC reminded us that a steady and sustained investment in the civil space program is needed in Washington - if the United States space industry is to remain Second to None.
International Space Station Mission Control Center
The Mission Control Center for the International Space Station (ISS) continuously monitors the health and status of the astronaut crew and space station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Astonishingly, the ISS has been crewed non-stop for eleven years straight.
The Soyuz Cockpit Mock-Up
Astronaut crews train in this Russian Soyuz cockpit mock-up at JSC. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, U.S. astronaut crews are wholly dependent upon the Russian vehicle for rides to the ISS.
The Neutral Buoyance Laboratory
The Neutral Buoyance Laboratory at JSC is the world’s largest “zero gravity” training facility in the world. Inside of this 6.2 million-gallon pool is a full size mock-up of the entire ISS. Astronauts in their full space suits train here for complex ISS space walks.