Principal Investigator: Bill Todd, NASA/USRA
Training: May 4 — 7
Saturation: 10 — 23
This is the 14th mission of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) taking place at NOAA's Aquarius Reef Base. During NEEMO missions, astronauts and researchers live and work underwater for many days at a time to conduct valuable research that will help astronauts and scientists learn more about numerous aspects of planetary exploration.
NASA’s aquanauts, supported by topside personnel, will work with mockups of an exploration lander, surface rover, ascent module and airlock with the dual goals of providing astronauts practical experience in an analogous environment and providing scientists and engineers with feedback on ergonomic and usability issues related to the equipment design. Other NASA personnel will also be conducting physiological, behavioral, teamwork and biomedical research to help develop medical techniques for long duration space travel. The mission will last for 14 days, commencing with a day for move-in and familiarization, 5 days of diving and testing with the mockups, an off-diving day, 5 more days of diving and testing with the mockups, and concluding with a decompression day and a recovery day.