The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known as NEEMO, sends groups of astronauts, engineers, doctors and professional divers to live in Aquarius, an underwater habitat located about 19 metres below the surface, 5.6 km off Key Largo in the Florida Keys. The undersea environment is the closest analogue on Earth to a gravity-weak environment like that of asteroids, the moons of Mars or Mars itself, making it the best place to test relevant exploration concepts.
Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Jeremy Hansen joins the NEEMO 19 crew as Exploration Lead.
Jeremy will be sharing his experience from the ocean floor on Twitter. Follow @Astro_Jeremy!
2014-09-11 - Jeremy Hansen's Journal - I have been living 20 metres below the sea surface for three days now and the most accurate description I can provide is: WOW! Our schedule keeps us busy, but there are still times when you step back and realize where you are and what you're doing. Last night as I fell asleep was one of those moments for me.