Thu, Jun 25, 2009
Next Best Thing To Being There, If You Could See It
Well, this might have made that investment in your 60 inch HD
LCD television and home theater all worthwhile, if NASA select was
available in HD. NASA Television broadcast a high-definition tour
of the International Space Station recorded by the Expedition 20
crew Wednesday, morning. Also broadcast in HD was be an explanation
of a Canadian experiment on the station that examines how humans
perceive up and down without gravity as a reference.
The 20-minute tour, which documents the full 167 feet of the
space station's pressurized modules, was recorded by NASA Flight
Engineer Michael Barratt to show Mission Control how equipment and
supplies are arranged and stored, and to provide engineers with a
detailed assessment of each module-to-module hatchway.
A five-minute explanation by Canadian Space Agency Flight
Engineer Bob Thirsk provides an overview of the Bodies In the Space
Environment, or BISE, experiment. The experiment looks at the
relative contributions of internal and external cues that allow
humans to orient themselves in the absence of gravity. The
principal investigator for the BISE experiment is Laurence R.
Harris, of York University, North York, Ontario, Canada.
Unfortunately, NASA only made the HD version available to those
with direct satellite downlink capability. NASA IS re-airing the
tour in standard definition on NASA Select TV. And if you spent
that TV money on your airplane ... well, that's a great investment
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