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May 07, 2010

14th NEEMO undersea analog mission

Mission NEEMOOn May 10, two astronauts, a veteran undersea engineer & an experienced scientist will embark on the 14th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) undersea analog mission. 

The crew will conduct a series of extravehicular activities (EVAs), simulating activities that astronauts would be likely to perform during missions in space.

Using near-scale mockup vehicles, EVA teams will conduct off-loading, retrieval & survival missions, including the transfer of an incapacitated astronaut from the ocean floor to the deck of the lander. While inside the Aquarius laboratory, the crew will perform life sciences experiments focused on human behavior, performance & physiology.

The mission also includes a study of autonomous crew work. This will include periods of time when there is limited communication between the crew & the mission control center, much like what could happen during missions to the moon or Mars.

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