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See Photos of How Astronauts Trained for the Apollo Moon Missions

July 16, 2019 in History

By Becky Little

How do you prepare to send someone to a place no one has ever gone before? For NASA in the 1960s, the answer was to create simulations that mimicked aspects of what astronauts could expect to encounter.

Take gravity, for example. Gravity on the moon is about one-sixth of what it is on Earth. To simulate the moon’s gravity, NASA scientists suspended research subjects sideways at an angle and had them walk along a tilted wall. They took detailed notes about the subject’s ability to walk, jump and run when they performed these simulations at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. This helped them get a sense of how reduced gravity might impact an astronaut’s ability to move on the moon.

But before astronauts could walk on the moon’s lower-gravity atmosphere, NASA needed to figure out how to land them there. For this task, NASA and Bell Aerosystems designed the

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