Why NASA Spun Astronauts Around, But Doesn't Any More

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Shared December 31, 2018

The Multi Axis Trainer, or MAT, is an icon of space exploration and astronaut training. But other than spinning round kids at Space Camp: what's it actually used for?

Thanks to Moriah and all the team at Space Camp! You can find out more about their programs for kids and for adults at https://www.spacecamp.com/

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

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Experienced. Ton

Tom Scott has fully transformed into a beyblade

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Draganoiu George

"i forgot to do the outro"
oh, Tom...

1 year ago | [YT] | 4,964


This is ground control to major Tom...

1 year ago | [YT] | 2,247


I will never understand where Tom gets these amazing video ideas from...

1 year ago | [YT] | 4,720

Tom Scott

I was in the MAT for a total of five minutes. I wasn't dizzy afterwards, but I did need to just sit straight up and keep my head forward for a while afterwards...!

1 year ago | [YT] | 2,596

Tim Farben

Hey I’ve always wondered why NASA spun astronauts around but doesn’t anymore!

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,539


"Are you ready?"
Tom: "No"

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,636


They should add these to amusement parks...

Looks fun

6 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 399

Max Jacobi

- "I forgot to do the outro!"
- (an hour later, going home) "I forgot to answer the title question!"

1 year ago | [YT] | 43


You spin me round baby right round

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Tom Scott is the Blue Peter presenter we never got as children. But he’s the one we got as adults :)

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Good thing the Gemini astronauts took part in this, as Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott had to correct a roll of almost 50 revolutions per minute during a malfunction on Gemini 8, forcing them to fire up their re-entry control system and abort the mission.

1 year ago | [YT] | 266


"Hi, this is MAT."
"And this is Tom."
"And this a sick, weird version of a bench."

1 year ago | [YT] | 59


As someone who’s learned about gimbal lock, it’s all I notice.

1 year ago | [YT] | 171

Anish Murthy

Mariah was my team's mentor when I was at Space Camp for the week I was there, nice to see she's doing well.
I was in the very same MAT, so it feels awesome knowing I was in a place Tom's ridden in.

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 161

Mayo Cult

2:07 The astronaut's chair would (groans)

I see why people want to become astronauts

7 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 28

Emilio Fernandez

Tom your mission, should you chose to accept it is.. Make 2019 the best year yet! 🍇

1 year ago | [YT] | 312

Instant Gratification Monkey

2:08 the astronaut's chair would have
controls on it..
😂 I feel you Tom

1 year ago | [YT] | 12


Yes, one take. Oh wait, the outro

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