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 exploring the different ways this
facility could help them understand and prepare for long-term space
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. The Aquarius is also about the same size as many of the International
Space Station (ISS) modules.
Our on-camera hostess, Sherri
Jurls, and our studio guest, NBL Operations Specialist Chris
Borne, will guide us through the hour, providing some background
information and also answering questions about the NBL and the Aquarius.
NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation
Using the similarities Aquarius has
to the ISS, astronauts will be training in the 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.
Astronaut/Aquanaut Crew involved:
Preparing for the Webcast
Give yourself plenty of time to prepare ahead.
If you don't already have it, you must download and install RealPlayer
8 Basic for best webcast viewing. This player is free. Don't forget,
once it is downloaded, it must be installed.
Next, you should try to look at some of the
background information provided, especially the NASA expert's bio. Also,
Do I Participate
Quest Chat Lesson
Participating in the Webcast
If for some reason you cannot join us for the
live webcast, you can input your question ahead of time, and then
watch the archive later to see if your question was answered during
the webcast. It's not near as cool as being there live, but it is
very helpful when there are scheduling conflicts. Also, remember that
all of our chat rooms are moderated.
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/.
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
Check out the archive
from the last NEEMO webcast
October 25, 2001.
Take a virtual
tour of the ISS for comparison to the Aquarius, provided
by the Distance
Aquarius Writing Contest --
a trip to Aquarius! In 1000 words or less, tell why "I want
to live 10 days under the ocean in Aquarius because . . ." The
deadline is May 31, 2002. Contest is sponsored by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University
of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW).