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Photos of the Day: Practicing for a Future Mission to an Asteroid

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:35am
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Wearing modified versions of the orange space shuttle launch and entry suits, two astronauts went underwater on May 9, in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, a 40-feet-deep swimming pool that helps provide the lack of gravity needed for astronauts to practice for spacewalks.

Read: NASA Astronauts Go Underwater to Test Tools for a Mission to an Asteroid

There a mockup of the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the asteroid, docked to a mockup of the robotic spacecraft that will be used to capture an asteroid and bring it into a stable orbit near the moon, provided the backdrop for the simulated spacewalk.

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