Deep in the belly of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, lie "The Domes." Step into one of them and suddenly you're standing on the surface of Mars, or you're flying high above the Earth, looking out from the International Space Station. This is the Systems Engineering Simulator, where we learned to fly,…
We've seen more than enough "Gangnam Style" videos to last a lifetime, but this one, put out by NASA's Johnson Space Center, is a must-watch. That's because all the lyrics are about the work the Johnson Space Center does—and it features dancing astrophysicists.
With modern space travel now the work of private industry operating under the guidance of NASA, how do you make sure that the custom hardware running on, say the Dragon Module interfaces with the custom hardware aboard the ISS? You bug-test the shit out of them beforehand in NASA's Systems Engineering Simulator.