Scott Carpenter Station
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Application: Ocean Floor Analog to the Space Environment
Designer/Program Manager: Dennis Chamberland
Systems Engineer: Joseph M. Bishop
Weight/Displacement: 21,000 lbs.
Manufacturer: Precision Fabricating, Inc.
Model Scale: Actual Size
The Scott Carpenter Station was built by NASA as a research and demonstration vehicle, providing an under sea analog for the isolated environment of space. Mission One launched in September 1997 off the coast of Key Largo, Fla., and included a science mission linked to schools and classrooms, managed remotely from the Johnson Space Center, with NASA astronaut Dr. Bob Phillips among the crew testing life support systems and plant growth experiments. Mission Two was the NASA Challenge Mission, "flown" concurrently with space shuttle mission STS-95 (Senator John Glenn's return to flight). Filmmaker James Cameron and producer Eugene Roddenberry, II, were among the crew members during this 36-day mission.
Ownership transferred from NASA to the Space Foundation in 2013.