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Naval Academy astronauts return to inspire next generation

Naval Academy astronauts return to inspire next generation

The course is Human Space Flight. The subject for today: analogues — the scenarios found in the world or contrived in the laboratory that NASA uses to simulate work and life aboard a space ship. Naval Academy professor Ken Reightler leads the class of 13 midshipmen through a discussion that traverses Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition of the Antarctic, deep-sea exploration and the experiments at Biosphere 2 — and how lessons from each will help astronauts prepare for the first manned mission to Mars. The discussion in this Rickover Hall classroom symbolizes the academy's efforts to lure more alumni astronauts back to the campus — and to maintain a...

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