NASA underwater project is near completion

Apr 18, 2006

NASA astronauts and a Cincinnati doctor are living and working under the ocean this month to test space medicine concepts and moon-walking techniques.

Canadian astronaut Dave Williams is leading the 18-day undersea mission that ends Thursday at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aquarius Underwater Laboratory off the Florida coast.

NASA astronauts Nicole Stott and Ron Garan, along with Dr. Tim Broderick of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, round out the crew.

During the mission, called the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project, remote health care procedures are tested on a patient simulator. NASA said such new long distance medical care procedures as telemonitoring and telerobotic surgery may help maintain the health of spacefarers.

The techniques simulated in Aquarius might one day be used to respond to emergencies aboard the International Space Station, or on the moon or Mars, officials said.

Aquarius is the world's only underwater research facility dedicated to science. It's located beneath 62 feet of water at the base of a coral reef off the Florida Keys.

See also: http://phys.org/news62855357.html

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

How to grip an asteroid

Oct 21, 2014

For someone like Edward Fouad, a junior at Caltech who has always been interested in robotics and mechanical engineering, it was an ideal project: help develop robotic technology that could one day fly on ...

Underwater James Bond

Sep 09, 2014

NEEMO – NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations – trains astronauts for life in space. Living and working in an underwater base is similar to being on a space station. This year, NASA has two NEEMO ...

How Titan's haze help us understand life's origins

Aug 25, 2014

Where did life on Earth come from? There are several theories as to what might have happened. Maybe comets came bearing organic material, or life was transported from another planet such as Mars, or something ...

Finding NEEMO

Jul 17, 2014

NEEMO – NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations – trains astronauts for life in space. Living and working in an underwater base is similar to being on a space station. This year, NASA has two NEEMO ...

Recommended for you

Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse

17 hours ago

The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North ...

Asteroid 2014 SC324 zips by Earth Friday afternoon

Oct 24, 2014

What a roller coaster week it's been. If partial eclipses and giant sunspots aren't your thing, how about a close flyby of an Earth-approaching asteroid?  2014 SC324 was discovered on September 30 this ...

User comments : 0