Learn about NASA's weightless environment training facility, also known as the WETF.
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Learn About the Weightless Environment Training Facility of NASA Amid the landscape beauty and campus-like city of the Johnson Space Center, the business of man’s spaceflight is played out in a variety of specialized facilities. Open access to these areas affords visitors and employees alike the opportunity to witness firsthand the inner workings of the man’s space program. But some areas because of hazards or reasons of access remain out of the eye of all but a selected view. One of them is at NASA’s weightless environment training facility or WETF. Here, it’s no problem to see where the action takes place but few people ever get the chance to submerge themselves into the watery test area for a closer look at what goes on. In the neutral buoyancy of this huge water tank, astronauts hone their ability to work in the cumbersome space suit providing vital import for hardware development and perfecting critical timelines for privateers. This is all done in the closest thing to long duration micro-gravity that can be found on earth.