National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

ISS Simulators

July 12, 2007

The International Space Station simulators located at JSC at first glance appeared to be large square rooms with perfectly flat walls of drawers, controls, and monitors. There were also some extremely unspace-like objects including rolling chairs and wooden tables. These comforts are used only on earth for the astronauts in the simulators since they don’t float nearly as efficiently when not in orbit.

The several labs were vacant at the time of the tour, but simulations often last for several hours and are used to train the astronauts in the experiments and general procedures that they will need to conduct on their particular missions.

–Adam Pfendt