The shuttle that NASA uses is often referred to as “The Flying Brick” because they land it without using any engine power. Because it is so difficult to both fly and land, astronauts prepare for their space flights using a replica cockpit. The simulator, which has the exact same controls as the actual space shuttle, can duplicate errors and system failures that might plague a crew on an actual mission.
Learn about the flight simulator in this week’s webisode:
Check out Hubble 3D in the Wortham IMAX Theatre. This stunning 3D film reveals the cosmos as never before, allowing viewers of all ages to explore the grandeur of the nebulae and galaxies, the birth and death of stars, and some of the greatest mysteries of our celestial surroundings. If you come on Tuesday after 2 p.m., tickets are just $6!
Did you miss the first four webisodes?
Astronaut Mike Massimino (he’s on Twitter!) takes us on a tour of the spaceship and explains how they train for missions.
Mike explains how difficult it is to get into space suits.
See the largest swimming pool in the world and how the astronauts use it to train for space walks.
Learn about the first mission to repair the Hubble Telescope.