NASA didn’t just train the Apollo Astronauts to get to the moon; they trained them for every possible eventuality including landing in a jungle upon their return to Earth.
Wired magazine shares sixteen photos from the various training NASA put the Astronauts through:
Apollo astronauts practiced every second of their mission, even planting the flag (above), many times, indoors, outdoors, in space suits, underwater, in planes, in centrifuges, in pools, in the ocean and anywhere else NASA saw fit. They were prepared for every contingency and trained for water planned landings as well as desert and jungle survival in case their capsule missed the ocean and hit land. They learned geology, how to withstand g-forces, maneuver in low- and zero-gravity conditions, and how to drive electric rovers and land the lunar module.
Hit up the link below to check out the full gallery.
The Incredible Things NASA Did to Train Apollo Astronauts [Wired]
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- Published 07/20/11