N E E M O
Aquarius - an Analog to Space Travel
"Living in Extreme Environments"
Join NASA Quest and the Johnson Space Center's Distance Learning Outpost
September 18, 2002
Pictures courtesy NASA, NOAA and UNC Wilmington. All rights reserved. Aquarius is owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and operated by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW).
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 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. The Aquarius is also about the same size as many of the International Space Station (ISS) modules.
Our on-camera hostess, Lea Bentley Castillo, 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 (NEEMO)
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. This will be NASA's fourth NEEMO mission.
Astronaut/Aquanaut Crew involved:
Preparing for the Webcast
Give yourself plenty of time to prepare ahead. If you don't already have it, you will need software from Real.com to view and hear the webcast. RealPlayer 8 Basic is recommended for best webcast viewing on MAC's, RealOne Player for PC's. The players are free. For more information on this -- see How Do I Participate.
Next, you should try to look at some of the background information provided, especially the NASA expert's bio. Also, check out the NASA Quest Chat Lesson.
To learn more about the history of Aquarius, take a tour, and follow the missions and adventures of the world's only underwater laboratory, check out: http://www.uncwil.edu/nurc/aquarius/.