Prior to Moon Mission, Astronauts Practiced on Island

Here astronauts are getting ready for mission moon in sixties. The photo shot during the training in Hawaii’s Big Island lunar landscape where the earth looks like the moon. The director Rob Kiesel of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems got these photos during a visit to Johnson Space Center for Space, Houston, Texas. NASA gives training in Hawaii even today. Earlier Apollo 13 through 17 and back up crew were there for the training. In the photo, we can see the astronauts riding the moon buggy and practice scooping the soil. The crews were exposed to the lava flow like soil and squaring up refined rock flow off the glacier. With the advent of robotics, even the robots are also trained there.

Removing the oxygen from basalt of the dirt is yet another new technique in demand today. The oxygen obtained is used for multi purposes such as breathing and burning fuel. Thus, space crew will not take oxygen all the way from our earth.
These photographs are in much news these days as NASA released them to the public. The photos clearly show that soil in Big Island is similar to that of Moon and Mars. The astronauts get a pretty good idea as to how to go about through the lava like soil. There is a talk that the alien might land in earth, and Hawaii’s Big island will be most suitable for such a landing. All in all, space exploration is of much interest for one, and all.

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Photos: Dainik Bhaskar

In this photograph Dave Scot(left) and Jim Irwin ( right) Digging soil in December 1970- one of the island  In Hawaii Islands

Harinder

Former Sailing Sea Captain at V.Ships, Miami, FL, USA (retired in 2009). Studied BA (Sophomore) at The Principia, now lives in Jaipur, India

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