NEEMO Expedition: NASA to prepare astronauts for future deep space missions

NEEMO Expedition: NASA to prepare astronauts for future deep space missions

NASA has planned to train its astronauts for the challenges they could face during deep space missions. The space agency is carrying out an ambitious project for astronauts to train deep beneath the ocean, an extreme environment that is present on Mars as well.

This summer, a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists will spend 16 days at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. There, the group will prepare for future deep space missions and Mars. The expedition IS known as ‘NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations’ 21 (NEEMO).

NASA said that the environment present at the bottom of the ocean will mimic life and work for astronauts in microgravity environments in asteroids and planets in the future missions.

“During the 16-day NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 21 expedition beginning July 21, an international crew will explore tools and techniques being tested for future space exploration by living in simulated spacecraft conditions and conducting simulated spacewalks outside of their undersea habitat, Aquarius”, said NASA.

Inside Aquarius, the crew will carry out different experiments. The group will also test a tele-medicine device and collect samples for geology studies. Main aim would be to simulate realistic space situations, like to test communication delays, a problem that can come up in space and Mars.

Using the most advanced underwater navigation and science tools, the researchers will carry out the tasks deep beneath the ocean. NEEMO Project Lead Bill Todd said that their science tools have been designed in a way to mimic Mars exploration, where any situation can arise ranging from equipment failure and tasks may take longer than expected. Experiences from this expedition will prove immensely beneficial when they will travel to Mars and other farther destinations in space.


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