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.
NASA conducts a three-day (May 18-21) saturation mission in preparation of NEEMO-21. The aquanaut team includes Bill Todd and Marc Reagan from NASA and FIU habitat technicians Mark Hulsbeck and Sean Moore.
Join us on April 21 @ 3pm EST and April 22 @ 11am EST as we take two trips to Aquarius. US Navy Divers will be training that week at the base and we'll be able to chat with the FIU habitat techs supporting the mission from inside Aquarius. Sign up here: http://www.exploringbytheseat.com/#!april-hangouts/lt903
The 2016 saturation season kicked off on April 12 with the 20th US Navy mission conducted aboard Aquarius. Leg-1 runs from April 12-16 and Leg-2 from April 20-24. The Navy partnership with Aquarius began in 2003 as a way to provide in-water saturation diving training. The Navy has also used the habitat to maintain proficiency in underwater maintenance and construction. For mission updates visit www.facebook.com/AquariusReefBase. Click ‘Watch Live’ to follow the action from beneath the sea.