trainer Joe Cambiaso, right, watches as STS-111 Pilot
Paul Lockhart helps Mission Specialist Franklin Chang-Díaz
into his EMU suit prior to a spacewalk practice run in
the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. Visit the Gallery
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TO ALL of the members
of the NBL who made it possible for us to learn all of the techniques
in the water tank for EVA activities in space."
-- Astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz, Ph.D.,
at the crew-return ceremony
of STS-111, June 21, 2002
may seem a routine remark. However, when it comes from an astronaut
who has completed a spacewalk, it is a sentiment cherished by the
entire team at the Sonny Carter Training Facility, known as the
Much work goes
on behind the scenes at the SCTF, which is near NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, to ensure success in space. The supporting cast
at the SCTF works diligently, setting the stage for astronauts to
perform well-orchestrated spacewalks.
visit to the big pool is an eye-opening experience, but there is
more to the SCTF than the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, or NBL.