PEEPS PRESSURIZATION CHAMBER
– An Interactive Demo
by April Lanotte
This demo is based on an education guide April Lanotte created for NASA Aeronautics. It supplements NASA's book about pressure suits that came out in 2012, "Dressing for Altitude: US Aviation Pressure Suits--Wiley Post to space shuttle," which is also available as a free download: https://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/dress_for_altitude_detail.html
Many people don't realize the enormous effect air pressure - or the lack of air pressure - has on our bodies. We watch movies where astronauts are exposed to space or walk on Mars and wonder what would really happen, and if humans can survive these conditions. The "Peeps Pressurization Chamber" interactive demonstration allows participants to see and learn about human survival at high altitudes and in space. The demonstration also teaches a little about what is needed, and what is not needed, to keep us alive on Earth, off Earth, and even on MARS!
April will be conducting the demo for all to participate in during the festival. It will be located inside the Woodland Valley Church across from the Post Office on Grand Avenue in conjunction with the "Meet the MARS Challenge!" exhibits and First Robotics demonstrations. Come, Explore, Innovate, and Celebrate with April!