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Old May 12 2010, 09:59 PM   #50
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Re: training for interplanetary mission

jefferiestubes8 wrote: View Post
NASA already trains underwater at
Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, part of NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) program
Located 18 meters (6 feet) under the surface
or a period of 12 days.
The lab itself is a coral-encrusted cylinder that looks a lot like a yellow submarine, located 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) off Florida's Key Largo and it's the only underwater laboratory in the world, as close as NASA could get to replicating space conditions.
This past Monday marked the kickoff of its 14th mission, sending six aquanauts down to the underwater Aquarius lab:
During their two weeks in the laboratory, the aquanauts will go on simulated spacewalks, operate a crane and perform other tasks of the sort astronauts would face in setting up a habitat on another planet. "The primary objectives are based on engineering and testing and operations design for planetary exploration," said William Todd, the project manager for the Neemo 14 mission.
Other particulars that authenticate the experience: the buoyancy of diving suits can be adjusted to reflect the one-sixth gravity of the moon of the three-eighths gravity of Mars. Communications are lagged twenty minutes, as they would be on a real Mars mission.
via the NY Times
Absent a Moon or Mars, Recreating Space 65 Feet Under the Sea
Published: May 10, 2010
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