NASA and two of its International Space Station agency partners will conduct an underwater engineering and crew training exercise off the coast of Florida Sept, 9-13. The Space Environment Analog for Testing EVA Systems and Training (SEA TEST) mission will take place 63 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and about seven miles east of Key Largo, Fla.
NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, a veteran of space station Expedition 31/32 in 2012, will lead the crew. He will be joined by astronauts Kate Rubins of NASA, Andreas Mogensen and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, and Expedition 22/23 veteran Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The crew will spend five days in Florida International University's Aquarius Reef Base undersea research habitat, conducting proof-of-concept engineering demonstrations and refining techniques in team communication. Additional test objectives will look at just-in-time training applications and spacewalking tool designs.
NASA, JAXA and ESA will be the first to use Aquarius for a long-duration test under the management of Florida International University, which took charge of habitat operations in January. NASA and partner agency astronauts routinely participate in field exercises to hone their skills in expeditionary environments. Previous exercises in Aquarius have supported 16 NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations simulations.
The astronauts are posting updates on social media using the Twitter hashtag #SEATEST.
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- Joe Acaba
- Kate Rubins
- Andreas Mogensen
- Thomas Pesquet
- Soichi Noguchi
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