I love me some NASA, and while I did a wonderful stint at Astronomy Camp, I never made it to Space Camp. Thanks to Gizmodo, we can get a little taste of Space Camp with their ongoing blog series. The contributors to Gizmodo took a trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to capture a side of NASA that is not often seen.
Their most recent blog post explores how NASA simulates space exploration down on Earth: from virtual reality machines that depict the International Space Station in minute detail; to the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a giant pool that simulates movement in microgravity; and to jet-pack simulation. The NASA instruments mentioned in just this one post makes Space Camp seem like an amusement park. They also cover NASA’s thermal vacuum chamber that simulates the vacuum of space, the Curiosity Rover and some big freakin’ robots. So go ahead and check it out!