Aquarius Reef Base and the US Navy continue a long-standing collaboration with two, back-to-back, five-day saturation missions that began today at 9:04 am.
At 1:35 pm, all NEEMO-19 Aquanauts returned safely to the surface. An incredible amount of work was done in seven days - including 4465 minutes spent on EVA.
Find out more about the crew members behind the NEEMO 19 mission.
At the moment, there is one place on Earth where you can live deep underwater for weeks at a time: The Aquarius Reef Base, a research station run by Florida International University which sits on the seabed some 20 metres down.
The crew of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 19 (NEEMO 19) lived in the Aquarius lab, which is located 62 feet (19 meters) beneath the waves off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.
NASA’s underwater training missions are held off the coast of Florida and send astronauts 20 m below the sea to live in a makeshift space base where they conduct regular ‘waterwalks’ in scuba gear.