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ISS: A Home in Microgravity

Aquarius - an Analog to Space Travel

"Living in Extreme Environments"

Join NASA Quest and the Johnson Space Center's Distance Learning Outpost


Photo of Aquarius

Picture courtesy NOAA and UNC Wilmington. Aquarius images are 1999, University of North Carolina at Wilmington. All rights reserved.

The world's only underwater laboratory

Join us live from underwater, off the coast of the Florida Keys, in a submersible deep-sea habitat called the Aquarius. NASA is interested in finding out if this facility could help us understand and prepare for long-term space travel.

Living underwater parallels living in space in many ways. The time frame for missions involves long periods of time away from normal environments and families. Communication with others is not always immediate. In both environments one cannot readily come home, nor ask for help whenever necessary.

To learn how living underwater parallels living in space, astronauts will be training in the Aquarius habitat. During their stay on Aquarius, the astronauts will answer your questions live about their adventures in space and in the underwater habitat (and how they compare), while you are viewing live footage of the astronauts and the Aquarius at work.

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NASA expert Bill Todd has already had the opportunity to live and work aboard the Aquarius submersible deep-sea habitat. To learn more about his adventures, read his field journal.

To learn more about the history of Aquarius, and follow the missions and adventures of the world's only underwater laboratory, check out: http://www.uncwil.edu/nurc/aquarius/.

October 2001 / May 2002 / July 2002 / September 2002 / June 2003



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