NEEMO 14 Overview
- 14th NEEMO mission (first ever NEEMO mission was in 2001)
- Splashdown: May 10, 2010
- Return: May 23, 2010
- Chris Hadfield, CSA Astronaut and Commander
- Dr. Tom Marshburn, NASA Astronaut
- Steve Chappell, Research Specialist
- Andrew Abercromby, Lunar Electric Rover Deputy Project Manager
The Habitat Aquarius
- Located: about 20 metres below surface, 4.5 km off the Key Largo in the Florida Keys.
- Aquarius itself, a 3-by-14-metre steel cylinder, provides 11 cubic metres of living and laboratory space for a six-person crew. The lab is equipped with computers linked to shore, as well as Internet, telephones, radios, and video-conferencing equipment.
- This extreme hostile environment is analogous to human space flight and has been used in the training of space station astronauts and as a platform for research and technology development since 2001.
Two National Undersea Research Center (NURC) employees accompanied the NEEMO crew into saturation. Their primary responsibilities were the operation of the Aquarius on-board systems and the safety of the aquanauts.
The watch desk is the NURC version of NASA's Mission Control Center. It was located onshore and was staffed by a team of two employees 24 hours a day during the mission. Watch desk personnel were primarily responsible for the overall safety of the mission, monitoring the telemetry of the facility and approving all of the aquanaut dive plans.
NURC (National Undersea Research Center)
UNCW (The University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
NURP (National Undersea Research Program)