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Diving sessions are an important part of astronaut training

Being underwater simulates the conditions of weightlessness as best as possible on Earth.

The European Astronaut Centre in Cologne (Germany) features a 10-metre deep pool called the Neutral Buoyancy Facility (NBF) equipped with a full-size model of the Columbus space laboratory. Here, the trainee astronauts can manipulate equipment upside down, move their bodies around the outside of the mock-up, pretty much as on a real spacewalk.

 

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