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Neutral Buoyancy Space Simulator

Huntsville, Alabama
County of Madison.
National Register Number: 85002807
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Education - research facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 3, 1985):
Essentially a large water tank 75' in diameter and 40' deep, this facility was designed to provide a simulated zero-gravity environment in which engineers, designers, and astronauts could perform, for extended periods of time, the various phases of research needed to gain firsthand knowledge concerning design and operation problems associated with working in the space. Constructed in 1955, the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator has contributed significantly to the American manned space program, especially Projects Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle.

Condition:
There are no threats.

A team from HAER was on site June-Sept 2006 to document the structure. The drawings, photos, history and data should be completed soon. The documents will be posted on the Library of Congress' HABS/HAER Built in America website.


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