Dr. Shirley Pomponi joined NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) is the 23rd in the history of Aquarius Reef Base but the first since Hurricane Irma idled the world’s only undersea research laboratory in 2017. NEEMO 23 focused on exploration spacewalks and training for missions to the moon and Mars. As an analogue for future planetary science concepts and strategies, the crew also installed a coral nursery.
Grace joined a unique 31-day research and education outreach mission spearheaded by ocean explorer and documentary filmmaker Fabien Cousteau. The Mission 31 expedition was conceived as an homage to the first underwater living experiments in the Red Sea 50 years ago pioneered by Cousteau’s grandfather, the legendary French ocean explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau. (Mission 31 was so named because it would last one day longer than that first expedition in 1963.) A team of filmmakers and researchers dove to Aquarius with Cousteau on June 1. After 15 days, the FIU researchers traded places with researchers from Northeastern University.
The Dive Medicine course trains physicians and healthcare professionals to recognise, evaluate and treat diving medical and hyperbaric emergencies in one of the world’s most unique locations – Aquarius Reef Base. In addition to lectures on the physiology and medicine of diving, you’ll receive highly practical experience operating and working hyperbaric recompression chambers, and the use of commercial and military diving equipment, which will include an introduction to scientific, hard hat and saturation diving. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have a working knowledge to evaluate and manage diving medicine injuries in an operational environment. Plus, all course attendees will receive a Diver Medic Technician qualification issued by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology.
“Topside” mission control sees the mission director, capcom, planning, EVA and science rep backed up by a 24/7 “watch desk” inside and two science trailers in the carpark. The European Space Agency (ESA) deployed their new Lunar Evacuation System Assembly (LESA), something that the Apollo missions were lacking. This brilliant feat of engineering allows a single person to secure and evacuate an incapacitated crew member on the moon and has been tested in the European astronaut centre’s neutral buoyancy facility.
Project Moonwalk Subsea trials included the operation of the Gandolfi-2 EVA simulation spacesuit; use of manual tools for geological sampling; operation of the "Yemo" assistant-robot; use of the MMI robot control sub-system and a data interface; EVA Information System spacesuit computerisation exchange with MCC and Robot operations; Biomonitoring and live communications with the Mission Control Centre, Bremmen, and local Base CapCom. Simulation Astronaut Pell supported new and practical methods for the interactions between astronauts and robots in a subsea analogue site to the Moon off the coast of Marseille, and in preliminary tests of the Comex, S.A. pool.
Welcome to Tektite2020 a mix of live presentations and performances free online here 17-18 July 2020. This event was initiated and hosted by Dr Sarah Jane Pell and co-pilot Dr. Tierney Thys and enthusiastically welcomed by the Tektite II Team. Web content includes reflection and reporting on the 50th Anniversary of Mission 6, and presentations by leading Sea and Space professionals on the most recent exploration, achievements and pressing issues today. Outcomes will help set the vision for the next 50-years commencing with a 10-day all-women undersea mission at Aquarius Reef Base in 2021. Attendees share in the celebrations, share in knowledge, new perspectives and tools to transform the ocean world for a better future!