Astronauts had to swim before they could walk.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, August 11, 2009
Underwater training in the space shuttle era: STS-5 astronauts William Lenoir and Joseph Allen stand on the Weightless Environment Training Facility platform at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, about to be lowered into the tank, in 1982. Once underwater, they will train inside a full-scale mockup of Columbia’s payload bay.