Look: Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori simulates outer space conditions

The ocean floor is utilised as a planetary analog for simulating conditions on the lunar surface


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Photos: MBRSC
Photos: MBRSC

Published: Wed 13 Sep 2023, 8:33 PM

Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori has recently conducted a training that simulate conditions in outer space to test and train astronauts.

Taking to the microblogging platform X the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) on Wednesday, tweeted, “SEATEST-6 training, which included diving, simulating the lunar surface environment, and transferring payloads.”

AlMansouri underwent this training alongside other veteran Nasa astronauts.

“Hazzaa underwent this training alongside astronauts Jonny Kim (Nasa), Jenni Sidey-Gibbons (CSA), and Sunita Williams (Nasa),” read the tweet.

Typically, in such training, each person has a crucial role with dive support teams being an integral part. Along with astronauts, it is said, equipment for spacewalks or other EVA-related activities is also tested.

Additional data points include what lunar logistic operations might look like under Artemis. Astronauts typically also help each other with gear, line tending, and other topside operations.

In such tests, the ocean floor is utilised as a planetary analog for simulating conditions on the lunar surface. Astronauts can recreate the reduced lunar gravity and create detailed replicas of the spacesuits and spacecraft.

A series of tasks are conducted that involve transferring payloads from a landing platform to the lunar surface using a crane and then moving them into an airlock.

These collected data points are invaluable when it comes to overcoming engineering and operational challenges as astronauts embark on future lunar missions.


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