Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Have you ever wondered what it would take to live in space? A trip to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center may be all it takes to find out.
At the Environmental Center in Buford, a center that aims to involve the community in the environment through their various exhibits, the Living in Space exhibit has been put together to simulate the life of a crewmember aboard the International Space Station (ISS) -- the largest international aerospace project in history.
The ISS is an extremely powerful spacecraft that is in orbit with crewmembers operating it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A trip to Living in Space makes it possible for visitors to take part in a variety of different activities that one of these crewmembers may go through on a daily basis.
Living in Space is meant to have the same look and feel as the real ISS and includes various facts about living on board throughout the exhibit. Additionally, it contains stories and videos of real ISS crewmembers to explain to visitors the challenges and opportunities that come with living in space from the point of view of people that know best.
The exhibit is divided into three parts: Living in Space, Working in Space and Playing in Space. Within the exhibit, you are shown how a crewmember would go about daily routines like eating, sleeping and showering. In addition, the exhibit gives an idea of the actual work a crewmember is required to do while aboard the ISS, including tasks such as maintaining and building the ISS, using the equipment, and docking the space shuttle. The exhibit also demonstrates the different ways astronauts are able to take breaks from their work and relax.
For more information, go to www.gwinnettehc.org.