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The Art of Preparing for an Analog EVA (HI-SEAS)

20 May 2014, 13:38 UTC
The Art of Preparing for an Analog EVA (HI-SEAS)
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The air pumping into the helmet is cool and refreshing, with just a tinge of plastic smell, my torso is cool thanks to cool water running through the tubing in a garment known as a liquid cooling garment. Entering into our airlock I seal the main habitat off from the Airlock by connecting the Velcro on one layer and zipping shut the second. Turning I can see my EVA companions one, like me, in a fifty pound University of Maryland MX-C and the other in a modified HAZMAT suit. While we wait five minutes to simulate a decompression of the airlock we are doing last minute checks of communication systems, shoelaces (always important when traversing on a volcano), and equipment to ensure that we are ready to step out the door. This moment is the first official moment of our EVA and like anyone we are excited and anxious to step out of the Airlock, however, this moment is the culmination of many hours work and meetings to ensure a smooth EVA and participant safety.
Left: A liquid cooling garment (LCG), the vest in lined with tubing that runs cool water along the torso of the EVA participant. The black ...

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