What it takes to fly in space...

What it takes to fly in space...


Astronaut trainer, NASA, USA, Michelle Ham and Director,  ISSET, USA, Chris Barber interact with students. KPN

For the Class 12 students of Army Public School and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hebbal, an interactive session on ‘what it takes to fly in space’ with NASA astronaut trainer, Michelle Ham was an opportunity to field questions to a person who is familiar with the tricky little details involved in training astronauts.

He explained, spacesuits have mirrors because there is an instruction manual at the waist. As the restrictive nature of a spacesuit does not allow an astronaut make too many movements, during spacewalks, they use the mirror to read instructions in the manual.
Michelle is in India to attend a space camp for children at Dandeli, organised by a Pune-based company, Mission Apollo. She was accompanied at the lecture by Chris Barber, Director of International Space School Education Trust in UK. When asked by a member in the audience, whether repetitions or constant training for the same tasks induced boredom, both Michelle and Chris stressed on the need to train constantly, as it would end up saving lives.

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