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January

We completed field experiments on Wednesday as sea conditions has been worsening for a couple of days.

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We’re excited to announce the Aquarius Reef Base has received a 2010 Royal Caribbean Ocean Fund grant!

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April

The first Aquarius saturation mission for 2010 was a combination of staff training and a “shakedown dive” for the habitat and Life Support Buoy (LSB).

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May

Aquarius’ second mission of 2010 concluded successfully on Sunday May 23rd, 2010

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Aquarius’ second mission of 2010 concluded successfully on Sunday May 23rd,

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What a great day down here in Aquarius. It was a typical NEEMO day.

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Today we had our last dives in the ‘special diving’ helmets. They are super, but they are not light at all.

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NEEMO 14 training began today! While you wait for fresh photos from this week,

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Mission day 8 draws to a close and it is clear to see that we still have some of the coolest jobs on and off the planet.

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In the last report we showed you some work going on near the habitat to prepare for work at a remote worksite.

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NEEMO gets wheels! Today was the second day of lunar spacewalks and our first day of lunar construction.

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The Exploration EVAs started in earnest on Saturday, Mission Day 6.

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Our third day on the surface of Carpenter Basin started with a planning conference with our NEEMO mission control.

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The last full day of a saturation dive – one in which you’ve absorbed too much nitrogen to return quickly to the surface-

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Our first breakfast on the reef was followed by our first heavy work of the mission:

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The 13th NEEMO mission and 90th mission for Aquarius ended today with “splashup” at ~ 8:45 am

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Today we started preparing for autonomous operations.

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Today we began autonomous operations, as a lunar habitat on the moon or Mars will one day operate.

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While we’re gearing up for the NEEMO 14 mission (May 10),

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We continue to have a very smooth NEEMO 13 mission unfolding in the Carpenter Basin

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The mission is unfolding smoothly so far on Mission Day 3,

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An intense training week for the 13th NEEMO mission has concluded successfully

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August

The last few days of a saturation mission always come faster than you expect.

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Science Update for Monday, August 23

Our mission is beginning to wind down; only one more full dive-day left.

Love was in the air (so to speak) on Conch Reef this afternoon.

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Science Update for Friday, August 20

Science is progressing here at Aquarius. Steve and Tse-Lynn finished hammering the last of the cages onto the reef.

Today (Tuesday 17 August 2010) was the first day of Aquarius August saturation mission

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If you have read Saul’s post, then you know our day on Tuesday was occupied with safety drills with the crew

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When I mention that I’m a field marine biologist, I often get ribbed about being paid to vacation.

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The waters around the Florida Keys were once rich with sponge beds

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How do you get oxygen down to the habitat?

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As a new habitat technician, my primary focus is on the safety of our users.

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We are officially in the last couple days of our underwater stay.

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It’s great to be back in Aquarius on a mission. It’s the first science mission of the year and things are running smoothly so far.

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Before we could be recognized as full fledged Aquanauts, we have to be completely saturated

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The UNCW Sponge Team arrived in Key Largo on Sunday, August 8.

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November

The November 2010 Aquarius Mission has been modified to be a surface oriented science mission.

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December

For those of you who are following Aquarius and our missions.

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Teens4Oceans (T4O) is a coalition of students, scientists, and non-profit organizations

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