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    NASA Continues Space Exploration Research With Undersea Lab

    JSC2006-E-40946 -- NEEMO 11 crew members and habitat technicians Image above: NEEMO 11 crew members and habitat technicians take a moment to pose for a group photo inside their undersea habitat for the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project. Image credit: NASA

    NASA's third mission this year to an undersea laboratory off the Florida coast began when four astronauts splashed down Sept. 16.

    + Read the Sept. 1 press release

    Veteran space flyer astronaut Sandra H. Magnus led the crew on a seven-day undersea mission Sept. 16 - 22 onboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Aquarius underwater laboratory. Army Lt. Col. Timothy L. Kopra, Army Col. Timothy J. Creamer and Air Force Maj. Robert L. Behnken rounded out the astronaut crew. Roger Garcia and Larry Ward of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington provided engineering support inside the habitat. All four astronauts were training for possible assignment to missions to the International Space Station.

    + Read the NEEMO 11 crew's journal

    During the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 11, astronauts imitated moonwalks, tested concepts for mobility using various spacesuit configurations and weights to simulate lunar gravity. Techniques for communication, navigation, geological sample retrieval, construction and using remote-controlled robots on the moon's surface also were tested.

    Through NASA's Digital Learning Network (DLN), classrooms were able to videoconference with Aquarius. Students also conducted experiments of their own before talking with the aquanauts.

    + NASA Digital Learning Network

Meet the Mission Team

  • Sandra Magnus

    Sandra Magnus

    A veteran space-flyer, astronaut Sandra Magnus will lead the crew of NEEMO 11 on a seven-day, undersea mission.

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  • Tim Kopra

    Timothy Kopra

    Selected as a mission specialist astronaut by NASA in July 2000, Tim Kopra has extensive experience as an Army aviator and experimental test pilot.

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  • T.J. Creamer

    Timothy J. Creamer

    Selected as an astronaut in June 1998, T.J. Creamer works in the Robotics Branch and was the real-time support astronaut lead for Expedition 12’s robotics operations.

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  • Robert Behnken

    Robert Behnken

    Behnken, who has logged over 780 flight hours in more than 25 different aircraft, was selected as an astronaut by NASA in July 2000.

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    Roger Garcia and Larry Ward

    Engineering support for the mission will be provided by Roger Garcia and Larry Ward of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

NEEMO 11 Journals

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