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Astronaut Candidates 2004
IMAGE: Astronaut Candidates Class 2004
NASA's newest astronaut class poses in front of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the National Air and Space Museum.
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Astronaut Candidates 2004 - Training Journals

Journal #1
June 21 - June 25
, 2004

Our first week in Pensacola was spent doing water survival activities, aviation physiology (health issues related to flying), and ejection techniques. Pensacola Naval Air Station is a wonderful venue for us to begin our training. During the week of training we all encountered various challenges. Through these challenges we learned to persist and learn from our mistakes and to work as a team.

Weekly Highlights: Ejection seat training, a.k.a. “riding the rails,” a simulator to teach you how to properly eject from a jet. The low pressure chamber playing the “Pensacola Patty Cake” to learn the symptoms of the onset of hypoxia (lack of O2) in ourselves and others. The Multispatial Disorientation Device, a.k.a. the “spin and puke,” to feel what it is like when your eyes and inner ear (balance) are fooled either by darkness or clouds or g-forces. The helo-dunker which simulates a helicopter crash at sea. You are strapped in and dropped into the water. It sinks and rolls over, and you are then expected to release yourself and escape to designated windows. If that is not difficult enough, they then blindfold you and have you do it again. The last day was spent learning how to perform a parachute landing. After using a virtual reality trainer, jumping and rolling from four feet up, and being dragged along a field, we feel ready in case it ever becomes necessary. We will begin ground school next week for the T-34 trainer.

- The Astronaut Candidate Class of 2004

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 03/25/2005
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