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April

Tomlin Middle School asks: With mission 1 over and Mission 2, two days away from ‘splash up”

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Tomlin Middle School asks: Last Friday the class watched in anticipation as one of the aquanauts talked on the phone and monitored the computer...

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Tomlin Middle School asks: When it says the crew has 17 hours of decompression what do you mean?

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May

This being a test and evaluation mission, we wanted to test the full potential of the Inspiration rebreather and the software changes that so far, have made this possible.

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Richard asks:Are your rebreathing divers hooked up by cable to Aquarius or do they have wireless communication? Does wireless work underwater?

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Today was the day that would pave the way for rebreathers out of Aquarius if the calibration at depth worked properly.

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Work began quickly:

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Ron Peters asks: Just noticed three of your divers exiting the habitat. What rebreathers are they using. Are they CCR? Why did you select these particular units?

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June

Ron Peters Asks:Breathing mix question. What atmospheric mix are you using inside the habitat? Are you using the standard 21% or a richer mix?

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Greetings from the Texas Children’s Cancer Center! This past Thursday marked the culmination of months of planning and preparation.

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Here we are, the 5th Day on our mission with our Aquanaut pep squad cheering us on...

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e. wohlenberg asks: As I was watching the aquanauts “go home” after a day’s work, a question occurred to me.

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Day 4 marks the halfway point of our mission, which saddens us as we are not ready to start wrapping things up just yet. I’m only just beginning to get started….

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The scientists are all out at their site and my fellow habitat technician Mark is out on hooka doing husbandry on the habitat. Alone at last.

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Purple Songs: From Outerspace to Innerspace and everything in between

Greetings from the world’s largest medical center! It is with much pleasure that I am following this exciting science mission.

Greetings from the world’s largest medical center! It is with much pleasure that I am following this exciting science mission.

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News of the day includes a gentle awakening fly by from a pair of graceful spotted eagle rays, then we got more corals re-attached to the reef with some welcoming banded butterflyfish,

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Ron Peters asks: This one is for Dr. Dana Williams and crew.

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Richard asks: I love the idea of planting a garden around Aquarius

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Hello All: This is a great experience, and I can’t believe I’m actually living underwater and can stay as long as I want…

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September

Hi Ron. I wish great success with your studies. 1) What instrumentation are you using for your in-situ studies?

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October

I feel the pressure wave in my ears first, then looking through the starboard port window

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Today we are switching to experiments involving ocean acidification by individual sponges.

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I am sure the critters of Conch Reef, Florida must think their itinerant neighbors; the Aquanauts of Aquarius, are a strange lot.

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Today we moved our ocean acidification study site from a seafloor site dominated by encrusting sponges to a sandy patch near Aquarius.

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Each mission two of our expert habitat technicians are part of the aquanaut team.

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November

Today (Sunday) was very successful! The science team followed a total of 27 fishes throughout the day.

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Alyssa asks: I would like to know what the variety of discoveries that you’ve found so far in your trip.

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Mission Day 4: Today we got out early and began another day of data collection.

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It was quite a day at Aquarius today. Sure, it started the same for the saturation team, buddy teams out at 6:45 and 7:00 as usual

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Amber Layman asks: This question is for Ashley. Do you get to touch or feed the fish that swim by?

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The mission has begun! Today Ashley, Jere, Matt and Teacher Under the Sea Mark began their saturation.

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Training Day 2. Training Day 3.

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