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Was there really a shuttle toilet training device with a "boresight camera"?

Was there really a shuttle toilet training device with a camera looking up at the user's fundament? This seems a bit undignified to say the least.
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Apollo simulator practical jokes

The Apollo training program as described in this question used a computer driven system of servos and motors to move cameras over and around models. This type of simulator was common in aviation ...
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Is there a mockup of the ISS on the ground?

Is there a replica of the interior of the space station on the ground? For training astronauts and to try out equipment installations.
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How did the Apollo astronauts train for the 1/6G lunar landing?

It goes without saying that training/conditioning one's reflexes for a situation is highly relevant to some professions. Pilots train in a computer simulator. During the Apollo missions computers were ...
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What is the current location of Link-built Apollo Mission Simulators?

I was confused about the final disposition of, and even the number of, Apollo Mission Simulators built by Link Flight Simulation Division. This question is not about any simulator built by any other ...
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Were any Apollo-13-specific procedures added to standard training?

The Apollo 13 accident required a number of unusual procedures to be followed, some of which had to be improvised or learned on the spot. For example: Jim Lovell found that it was difficult to ...
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Has NASA ever included a ground controller or astronaut becoming insane/irrational/uncooperative in a training simulation?

NASA training simulations have included a wide variety of problems thrown at the pilots and ground controllers -- not only the typical technical failures, but also some unusual outside-world stuff ...
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How many seconds of near-zero gravity are practical with a Reduced Gravity Aircraft?

When I saw "50 seconds of weightlessness" (see quote below) I made a very rough estimate based on 45 degrees nose-up to 45 degrees nose-down Reduced Gravity Flight centered at about 35,000 feet where ...
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Armageddon in NASA training

It is rumored that NASA uses the movie Armageddon in management training, to count the number of impossibilities. Specifically, they claim there are 168 scientific impossibilities in the movie. Two ...
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Are all crew on board a spacecraft trained to handle flight-systems?

Spaceflightnow.com writes to say (Edited to apply my highlights) "The improvements are rather significant," Kelly said in a NASA interview. "The displays that the cosmonauts and myself ...
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What caused the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle to be unreliable?

The Lunar Landing Training Vehicle was used during the Apollo missions to simulate flying the lunar lander at 1/6th the force of Earth's gravity: Many sources have indicated a conflict between ...
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What were the differences between the LLRV and LLTV?

The LLRV (Lunar Landing Research Vehicle) was used to develop the LLTV (Lunar Landing Training Vehicle), but were there design differences between the two? Were any major lessons learned from the LLRV ...
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How many minutes of Lunar Sim did Neil Armstrong get?

A quick follow-up to What were the differences between the LLRV and LLTV? These craft were provided with a zero-zero ejection seat. The above referenced article on Wikipedia mentions Neil Armstrong ...
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Deke Slayton's Molded Mercury Capsule Couch?

Recently got a hard question from an observant, sharp-eyed, and curious high school astronomy teacher: Reference this article about some of the training the Mercury Seven astronauts did. Note that the ...
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What are the effects of body building on heavy planets?

This answer suggests that outer planets are very heavy and that lifting things on it is very energy expensive. If someone was to workout on a planet that is considered 'heavy' (whatever that means) ...
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How do we create a zero gravity environment on Earth?

I have read somewhere that to-be astronauts are trained on Earth to be deft enough when they are in space which has zero gravity. How do we create a zero gravity situation on Earth? On Earth, even if ...
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Were panoramic images taken during Apollo 15 planned and trained before on Earth?

I followed a link in an answer to the question about stereoscopic images and found a long list with panoramic images composed from images shot with the lunar Hasselblad cameras. For instance the ...
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What happened during this shuttle simulation malfunction involving a failure of a shuttle arm joint while moving the JEF?

This author (cough) begins to relate the details of a particular training incident during simulations for STS-127. However, they very sadly have not finished the tale. Does anybody (cough cough) know ...
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Why didn't NASA re-use more astronaut crew members?

According to a popular space exploration web site, 355 individuals few in a total of 833 crew slots in the Space Shuttle program. That's an average of about 2.5 flights per astronaut, though many only ...
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Does NASA no longer own a "Vomit Comet?"

This Wikipedia article seems to suggest that NASA no longer owns an aircraft capable of simulating weightlessness, and that such astronaut training is now contracted from a private company. Can this ...
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Payload Specialist Training

How rigorous was training for Space Shuttle payload specialists? These astronauts were not selected from the normal astronaut pipeline, but instead were people with clout (politicians), PR ...
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How fast do they spin astronauts these days? Maximum routine g-training for astronauts in the 21st century?

Comments got me thinking about NASA's 20 g centrifuge. Gemini astronauts pushed to 7 or perhaps 8 g's as discussed in this answer but these days with nicely throttleable engines astronauts going to ...
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How do ISS astronauts keep proficient on capsule procedures in long duration missions?

Before astronauts and cosmonauts go to the ISS they have months of simulator training on Soyuz spacecraft procedures for launch, rendezvous, docking and re-entry. Yet, once they are on the ISS they ...
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Will the Orion glass cockpit with CCD be tested with prospective astronauts on the ground during the upcoming Artemis 1 test flight ? If not, why?

Image credit: DesignNews article: "Exclusive: A Closer Look at NASA's Orion Glass Cockpit" Will there be video cameras onboard the Orion spacecraft that registrate the glass cockpit displays ...
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What do astronauts have to do for their bodies to withstand launch?

"you have to push your lungs forward through the drag of the atmosphere." That is a quote from Chris Hadfield's YouTube clip for his MasterClass. Is there a list or description of what an astronaut ...
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To what extent was Apollo program training specific to each mission?

In comments and answer to this question, the time it takes to train for an Apollo mission is mentioned several times as a factor on the big rotation of crews. I figure that would actually play in ...
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How do reduced gravity aircraft work?

I know the trajectory the parabolic flight takes, just not how it works. I believe it works because the floor is literally falling below you. I have heard that astronauts have been trained in water, ...
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Was it possible to simulate another atmosphere during Shuttle training?

This answer points out that the Space Shuttle's cabin atmosphere was designed to be equivalent to sea level air, in terms of both total pressure and oxygen partial pressure. However, could any of the ...
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Why did the LLTV have a service ceiling of 6,000 ft?

According to Wikipedia, the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle had a "service ceiling" of 6,000 ft (1,800 m). I assume this is the maximum altitude that it can perform at. What was the limiting factor?
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Are Virgin Galactic tourists asked to take a 6 to 8G centrifuge test to qualify, and if so, what's the point?

Regarding sub-orbital spaceflights with Virgin Galactic, claims that: Allegedly some travelers were asked to take a 6 to 8G centrifuge test to qualify Is that true, ...
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Had Apollo astronauts practiced getting up from a fall?

The question "Could an Apollo astronaut stand up if they fell on the moon?" describes several incidents of Apollo astronauts falling over while on the moon, and their attempts to get back up. Did the ...
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Was mission-specific training for Shuttle military flights done at JSC, or somewhere else?

This related question details some of the military missions of the Space Shuttle. My question is about the training for these missions. Some aspects of all Shuttle missions are largely the same, and ...
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What percentage of the population can pass Virgin Galactic's training sessions for tourists to board a sub-orbital spaceflight?

I read on https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/26/space-tourism-how-spacex-virgin-galactic-blue-origin-axiom-compete.html (mirror): Additionally, Virgin Galactic has said that passengers will spend three ...
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Where does one go to school to be in a space program? [closed]

I am interested into going to college. What school or degree should I take to get a seat in the Mars missions? Space Camp? Which school has the highest student to space program statistic?
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Are mission/payload specialists less capable of managing a spacecraft? [duplicate]

In the movie "Gravity", the main character, Dr. Ryan Stone is portrayed as being knowledgeable about some field of science, but not especially good at managing a spacecraft. The movie has her as a ...
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