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.
Many of our Facebook friends have inquired about how they can get an Aquarius staff shirt. We've partnered with Promoversity to make them available to everyone thru August 5th. All proceeds are reinvested in Aquarius Reef Base science, education and outreach initiatives.
NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-21) training began on July 11 with splash-down to commence on July 18. The 16-day mission will include a mid-mission decompression and partial crew rotation.
Crew make-up for Leg-1 includes Megan Behnken-McArthur (NASA Astronaut), Matthias Maurer (ESA), Reid Wiseman (NASA Astronaut) and Marc O'Griofa (Veterans Administration & Noninvasive Medical Technologies Principal Investigator). Crew for Leg-2 includes Behnken-McArthur, Maurer, Dawn Kernagis (NAVSEA & The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition Principal Investigator) and Noel DuToit (Naval Postgraduate School Principal Investigator).