Adventure team-building brings out the best
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Wind River Range Classroom: Students and instructors gather for one of many classes taught throughout their course in one of the wildest, most awe-inspiring classrooms in the world.
(Marcelo Mascareno/NOLS photo)
TEAM FUN: Fun can be serious business. Sort of. Whitewater rafting is inherently a team-building sport.
(Courtesy Mountain Whitewater Descents)
“This was a very serious problem,” Astronaut Dan Tani said of the experience in a prior interview. “The arrays needed to be fully deployed for them to be rotated to point them to the sun so that they can produce the maximum power [for the space station].”
The panels couldn’t be turned off through the repair, so 120 volts flowed through the grid while an astronaut carefully space-walked at the end of a 90-foot boom. Any shock could have been devastating.
With MacGyver-like gear – wires, aluminum and homemade tools – the crew was able to come together to repair the damaged equipment.
“This repair was the type of activity that would take over a year to design and would typically require over a year of crew training — and we did it with three days of procedure development and zero crew training,” Tani said. “The trust between the ground and the crew — and among the