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NASA’s Alabama hub simulates space hazards to advance exploration

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Inside Building 4605 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, there’s a portal to space and all of its extreme conditions.

It’s called the High Intensity Solar Environment Test system, or HISET. NASA says the device’s chamber is the only place on earth where spacecraft systems and materials can, at the same time, be subjected to the vacuum, temperatures, solar photons and other harsh conditions encountered in space travel.

“Space doesn’t just throw one thing at you at a time and let you deal with it,” said Todd Schneider, a physicist in the Environmental Effects Branch of Marshall’s Materials and Processes laboratory.

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