Preparation for any mission will include time in or on several training devices. At the Johnson Space Center (JSC) they have an Orbiter one G trainer which has a fully scale flight deck, a mid deck and a mid body complete with payload bay. The flight crew gains experience in training, habitability, extra-vehicular activity, ingress, egress, television operation, waste management, stowage and routine housekeeping and maintenance.
Another device used to rain astronauts is the Orbiter neutral buoyancy trainer. This trainer consists of a full scale crew cabin, mid deck, an airlock, and payload bay door which are all immersed in a huge tank which provides a zero G environment for training which includes extra vehicular activity.
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