NASA, the best of humanity through science and technology.

SU-O1.-  Meanwhile politicians and extremist are fighting getting the media attention in their twisted violent way to make this world a better place to live; there are thousands of fine people working in all areas in the Facilities, Space CentersResearch Institutes, Flight Research, Laboratories among Visitor Centers in the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)     

NASA Apollo 11, 1st Moon landing 41 years ago


Where  from high rank scientist to intern- assistants are giving their best, with the best interest in mind,  getting as result of their efforts great benefits for the entire humanity.
From all over the world scientist, engineers, doctors, technicians, operators, move in synchronicity even though it looks like everybody is in their own world, the great respect and self-sufficiency over delegated task between all this responsible people who thrust and surrounded at one point in the team partner, works  wonderful when they all get together and !VOALA! Things get done with an excellent time frame and precision.     

In a Decade NASA the Eagle landed


The natural quality of team work surface with amazing results, this grounded humans beings are able to go out of the space and even touch other planets, explore other galaxies, and the same time develop technology to create products  we use and take for granted in our daily basis, such: Invisible braces, cell phones, disposable diapers, power tools, laptop computers, improved running shoes, and many more items, as result of the technology this great inventors are capable to create in their way to put the humanity in another level of knowledge and exploration.      

NASA Test Laboratories


 Is very exiting watch launching and landing of huge space vehicles going back and forth from the space, but is not less amazing to see how these great flights can be possible.
Mesmerizing is the entire process to see how this creative human beings materialize dreams or fiction stories in the last century.      

NASA Centers & Facilities in USA


 But to make possible this incredible achievements and to reproduce the same conditions that are in the space this scientist face a great challenge to go against nature Physical Laws that rule in our planet, to train the more courageous people capable to develop a high level in knowledge in science and technology and at the same time in their physical capabilities to the extreme and keep themselves in such humble and valuable behavior.      

NASA Engineers,made from Space Rockets to Diapers


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Agency host practically the best and smarter people in the world working in 10 Centers and 6 Facilities from East to West and North to South in the Country, on Propulsion Laboratory, Space Flight Centers, Research Facilities, and with the benefit to all civilians who are curious about this amazing discoveries and human grow, to go to any of the Visitor Centers located in : California, Texas, Alabama, Virginia, Ohio, New Mexico, Mississippi, West Virginia, D.C. and  Florida with museums amusements parks, lectures with these master heroes  and even try simulators as taste of what all this genius are capable to get into.      

NASA Training, Knowledge and Resistance


 To become an Astronaut is a career that takes, discipline, commitment,  talent, knowledge, persistence and great health as result of self-respect life style, in which passion, temper, physical and mental resistance are tested to a high levels.      

NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab. pool plan


One of the most extraordinary processes on the training for an astronaut is in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, (NBL) which is the most fascinating reproduction of the conditions that are in the space using water. In the Sonny Carter Training Facility, is a monumental pool where all engineers, scientist and technicians who are part of       

NASA 1998 Space Shuttle Mission started


 IST International Space Station have been trained to assemble in the Low Earth Orbit, since the IST began in November 1998 as the first International Satellite Research Laboratory where personnel from all countries involved participate. This International Satellite Laboratory has as primary fields on examination: Human Research, Space Medicine, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Meteorology and Astronomy.      

Massive training pool at the NASA Neutral Bouyancy Hubble mockup


Practically this incredible space floating engineering, construction and space architecture has been build assembly in parts by the Space Shuttle team. (Coming from another NASA Center develop in Aeronautics)
The three node modules has been carried in parts by the STS (Space Transportation System ) the current human space flight  with the  Space Shuttle Program which had 5 vehicles: 3 inactive already: Challenger + ( 01-28-1986), Columbia +(01-16-2003), Atlantis retired ( 05-14-2010) and 2 on their last missions : Discovery scheduled into last Space Flight to carried Mission STS 133 targeted for November first, for 11 days where the crew will assemble the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM)  and Endeavour schedule to its last Space flight on February 24, 2011.       

NASa, EVA training in the NBL


At this moment team of astronauts are practically practicing  submerged in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory which is the replica of the International Space Station under 40 feet deep pool that holds 6.2 ,million gallons ( 22.7 million liters) of water which is recycle every 19.5 hours.      

NASA Experts Life support


The training in this Laboratory is far from relaxed this is one of the most extreme process to be tested for Astronauts who are selected  in the EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity part of the Mobility Unit) the first, challenge is rely their lives literally on their team as life support, because it’s impossible for oneself get into the heavy  Space Suit of 120 lb and then get immerse in that pool.      



NASA Sophisticated Space life-support suit


Walk, be able to move and perform under the water and achieve all the task with the tools they have to maneuver under the semi rigid garment that will provide 7 hours life support.This sophisticated suit will control: pressure, temperature, oxygen circulation, carbon dioxide vacuum, humidity control, protection for radiation among other vital conditions and functions, to allow the survival of a person, but at the same time give them enough freedom to perform assembly in the out space.      

NASA,NBL work day


A training like these start every day from 5:30 with Critical System Startup, (ECS, BGS)  running to a test team 50 personnel check list, physical training lap swimming, suit and toll delivery to tank, Astronaut Test Conductor, pre-drive briefing, Suit Donning, Immersion initial weigh-out, transitions, test procedures.      

NASA Scuba-Diving Expert Team


Everything with rotation of Dive Teams in a settle time frame to end at 11:00 pm.
Every day  training is ongoing and they keep their attitude intact, hard as it can be just to walk and breath under the water this smart humans have to perform complicated task such use tools to set small screws, hold pieces and keep building the rest of the Space Station in conditions pretty similar out of the Earth’s gravity.      

NASA NBL observing Astronaut training


NASA , EVA training at NBL


Certainly during all this process other experts out of the water are working with the Astronauts as well performing their part in this amazing performance:  The Medical Team for starts are on call with physicians, paramedics, surgeons 12 physiologic personnel, Human Support Group who are on duty during the training  ready if need it with a full equipped Hyperbaric Chamber.      

NASA NBL Hyperbaric ChamberNASA Medical Supports


Full communication systems are on functions among suited Astronauts, topside trainers, facility test coordinators with the flight control team within Johnson Space Center Mission and the reminder of the shuttle crew not performing the (EVA) at the On-site Shuttle Mission Simulator.      

NASA NBL EVA team training


A series of underwater speakers allows one way communication to the support divers, even though the dual capability is in development. So far the STS has been performing at its 90% of the projected expectations mission and even the Program assembly is coming to an end for 2011.    

NASA NBL Int. Space Station Rep.


NASA continues bringing amazing benefits to the humanity in knowledge and understanding the planet we are living  and plus the entire technology is developing in Aeronautics, Robotics, Cybernetic, Automotive that apply in all appliances we’re enjoy in our daily activities.  

NASA The best for the BEST


And just by the record NASA remains One of the Federal Government’s Best Places to Work accordingly to a survey made  a year ago (7.24.09) Based on responses from more than 212,000 federal employees last year, NASA’s workforce continues to score well and the agency is ranked third among large federal agencies as a best place to work.   

NASA Research Center, Facilities & Visitor Centers


The rankings also reveal that NASA ranked second among all federal agencies in the categories of Effective Leadership, Teamwork and Support for Diversity, as well as other areas.    

NASA,Kennedy Space Center


And the fact is in NASA are the best people with the best intentions, grounded full of knowledge and willing to keep learning and exploring here and there to bring us a better way to live.      

Rosana Sandoval-G.
Journalist & Mass Media Consultant 
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