This summer, a few astronauts space Agency NASA, together with an international team of professional divers will take part in the 23-th mission NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), according to the portal Space.com. In the framework of the astronauts for several days will descend to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Florida, where they will live in a special underwater laboratory, conducting research and testing of technologies that the Agency intends to use in lunar missions beginning in 2024.
How NASA prepares astronauts
The mission kicks off June 10. Among the tasks that will be delivered to the team – checking the scientific instruments and equipment to work on the lunar surface, including those that will be used in space missions in the lunar soil. In addition, the astronauts will carry out monitoring of their physiological status, monitor sleep, but also actively use the technology of augmented reality as a training practice orientation within the living space.
To live and work astronauts who for 10 days will turn into Aquaman will be in deep laboratory Aquarius, located at a depth of 19 meters, 5.5 kilometers from the coast of South Florida. Among other upcoming activity of astronauts waiting outside the underwater station to study the environment.
“This undersea mission will be able to clearly demonstrate close Parallels with the upcoming internal and external space research missions. Walk along the seabed, which will imitate the activities outside the spacecraft, will allow us to test technologies to be used by astronauts in the upcoming space lunar missions. In addition, we are planning to conduct some fairly sophisticated underwater research. Inside the station Aquarius astronauts and Aquanauts will engage in various experiments and studies of changes in the human body, which will accompany people in long-term space travel”, — said NEEMO project Manager bill Todd.
The captain of the underwater team will be European space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti — the owner of record duration space flight (199 days 16 hours 42 min) among all astronauts for ESA. The team also included: NASA as an astronaut candidate Jessica Watkins, Professor in the field of underwater biotechnology Florida Atlantic University, and Wageningen University Shirley Pomponi and a Professor of the University of South Florida and CEO of Ketone Technologies Agostino skill. To accompany them will be a pair of professional technicians, the names of which NASA is not voiced.
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