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Week 2 understanding your limits

14 Apr 2014, 01:38 UTC
Week 2 understanding your limits
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A Brief Look at how Analog Space Suits Help to Develop Future of Planetary Extra Vehicular Activities
The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) study currently being conducted on the slopes of Mauna Loa focuses on human factors and group cohesion. Both of these focuses are vitally important for Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs) and for future planetary exploration; providing constraints that could make or break a mission. The Apollo missions broadened humanities reach into the space through stringent training and an understanding of the minimal human factors requirements to support a two man EVA team. These early lunar EVAs performed localized analysis and sample collection around the lunar landing sites leading to discoveries that helped to define the origins of the moon.
Why were these Apollo missions so successful? I am not sure that this can be narrowed down to just one factor and was certainly due in part to dynamic training, technological development, and crew selection (Having 1% of the US GDP didn’t hurt either). The Apollo missions developed an early standard for planetary EVAs and are responsible for significant knowledge on the challenges of exploring another planetary body. These missions helped to pave the way for ...

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