NEEMO Mission Ending Early

Longueuil, Quebec, October 26, 2011 — Due to the predicted path of Hurricane Rina, the 15th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, ended earlier than planned.

The six aquanauts of the NEEMO crew, including Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut David Saint-Jacques left the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Aquarius Undersea Laboratory, where they have been living for the past six days.

Since the beginning of the mission, the crew conducted six underwater spacewalks and one day of scientific research inside the Aquarius habitat. This year's mission was the first NEEMO to focus on operational concepts that would be used in human exploration of an asteroid.

"Despite the length, we have already accomplished a significant amount of research," said NEEMO Project Manager Bill Todd. "We're already learning lessons from working in this environment."

The remainder of NEEMO 15 will not be rescheduled.

For information about the NEEMO 15 mission, visit:
www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/missions/neemo15/default.asp

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