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.
The 22nd NEEMO mission and 134th mission for Aquarius ended June 27 with “splashup” at 12:03 p.m. EDT, concluding another safe and successful mission. NEEMO's international crew is healthy, and all of their ISS, exploration and partner objectives for this mission were completed. (NEEMO 22 Status Report.)
Today marks the final day of operations before the crew begins their 15 hour 45 minute decompression back to surface pressure. This mission marks the 3rd year in a row that scientists from the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES/XI) Division at JSC ARES has teamed with the lab of Integrative Marine Genomics and Symbiosis (IMaGeSLab) at FIU to assess the photosynthetic capability of corals and their genetic connectivity between deep and shallow reef corals.
Crew members returning to gravity after long duration spaceflight can have difficulty controlling balance and gait. Investigators from Johns Hopkins University have developed a portable measure of balance and motor performance (Resilience and Portable Sensorimotor Assessment Platform) using wireless sensors and software integrated with computer tablets. RAPSAP will integrate with measures of physiologic and sensorimotor function in an attempt to identify the mechanism responsible for the change.