The Medina Aquarius Program is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. As part of the FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative, the Program is enhancing the scope and impact of FIU on research, educational outreach, technology development, and professional training. At the heart of the program is the one-of-a-kind Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory.
Deployed 60 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Aquarius is a globally significant asset that provides unparalleled means to study the ocean, test and develop state-of-the-art undersea technology, train specialized divers and astronauts, and engage the world's imagination. At Aquarius, scientists are at the cutting edge of research on coral reefs, ocean acidification, climate change, fisheries and the overall health of the oceans...Read More.
Mission Day-4: NEEMO-22 - Aquarius is inspiring the next generation of researchers and explorers through innovative education and outreach programs that reach millions of kids globally. During this mission, aquanauts and topside education team members are hosting a number of Virtual Field Trips with schools around the world.
Weather is still limiting surface team support, but the aquanauts continue to work through mission objectives. The plan execution tool for this mission is Playbook, which is developed by NASA Ames Research Center and specifically designed for use by crew to support mission operations. Used as the primary mission operations tool, Playbook allows controllers and crew to see the mission plan and schedule changes in real-time or through fully simulated time-delay (NEEMO Status Report, 06/19/17).
Mission Day-2: NEEMO-22 - Although the weather has kept the surface team from working offshore today, the aquanauts press on without any adverse affects to their mission on the bottom. One of the main benefits of saturation diving from Aquarius. Mission Day-1: NEEMO-22 - Aquanaut team off the dock at 0830.