NASA astronaut Victor Glover trains on POGO–the Partial Gravity Simulator–at the Building 9N’s Space Vehicle Mockup Training Facility at the Johnson Space Center. POGO simulates the weightlessness that astronauts experience in microgravity, and is one method they use to train for spacewalks. Glover is assisted in this exercise by Bill Lee who has been a POGO operator and technician since 1984 and is retiring after more than 35 years of service to astronaut training.

Currently, Glover is assigned to the second crewed flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, a part of the Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the American aerospace industry to develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

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美国国家航空航天局宇航员维克多·格洛弗在约翰逊航天中心的9N号大楼的太空飞行模型训练设施中接受部分重力模拟器POGO的训练。POGO模拟了宇航员在微重力环境下的失重状态,是他们进行太空行走训练的一种方法。格洛弗在这项工作中得到了比尔·李的帮助。比尔·李自1984年以来一直是POGO操作员和技术人员,在宇航员训练工作了35年之后即将退休。

目前,格罗佛分配给第二个载人飞行的SpaceX的龙飞船,这是商业载人计划的一部分,正在与美国航空航天工业开发和运营的新一代航天器发射系统能够向近地轨道和国际空间站运送宇航员。

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