Author Topic: Asteroid training underwater: NEEMO 16 mission scheduled for June  (Read 4510 times)

Online Chris Bergin

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/02/asteroid-training-neemo-16-mission-scheduled-june/

Had to go back over NEEMO 15 content, NEA references, and such for the purpose of the article, but along with setting up NEEMO 16, there some new info that we're not far away from the master exploration plan :)

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Cool!

I hope NASA start covering some of these missions on NASA TV.
« Last Edit: 02/28/2012 05:00 AM by Paul Howard »

Online Chris Bergin

Another retweet by @NASA :)

"NASA ‏ @NASA 
The schedule is posted! @NASA_NEEMO's 16 mission hits the water in June! go.nasa.gov/AjAX9o <---links to our article :)

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Very cool article Chris.

I hope this mission doesn't get cut short due to weather.
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our rights & freedoms, and for those injured, visible or otherwise, in that fight.

Online Chris Bergin

RELEASE: 12-116

NASA ANNOUNCES 16TH UNDERSEA EXPLORATION MISSION DATES AND CREW

WASHINGTON -- An international team of aquanauts will travel again to
the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to simulate a visit to an asteroid
in the 16th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations
(NEEMO).

This year's NEEMO mission will begin June 11. It will build on lessons
learned from 2011's NEEMO 15 mission and test innovative solutions to
engineering challenges allowing astronauts to eventually explore
asteroids.

"We're trying to look out into the future and understand how we'd
operate on an asteroid," said Mike Gernhardt, NASA astronaut and
NEEMO principal investigator. "You don't want to make a bunch of
guesses about what you'll need and then get to the asteroid to find
out it won't work the way you thought it would. NEEMO helps give us
the information we need to make informed decisions now."

This NEEMO expedition will focus on three areas: communication delays,
restraint and translation techniques, and optimum crew size. The crew
of four will spend 12 days living 63 feet below the Atlantic Ocean's
surface on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's
Aquarius Reef Base undersea research habitat off the coast of Key
Largo, Fla.

NASA astronaut and former space shuttle crew member Dottie M.
Metcalf-Lindenburger will lead the crew. She will be joined by fellow
astronauts Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and
Timothy Peake of the European Space Agency and Cornell University
professor Steven Squyres, who was also a NEEMO 15 crew member.

To request interviews with the NEEMO 16 crew during the mission,
contact Brandi Dean of NASA at brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov, Rosita Suenson
of the European Space Agency at Rosita.Suenson@esa.int, Akiko Niizeki
of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency at niizeki.akiko@jaxa.jp or
Fred Gorell of NOAA at fred.gorell@noaa.gov.

The NEEMO mission is sponsored by NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems
Program. For more information about NEEMO and the crew and links to
follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/neemo

For more information about NASA analog field tests, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs


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Tim Peake and Kimiya Yui will take part in NEEMO 16 mission.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMYK2KWZ0H_index_0.html

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ESA astronaut Timothy Peake will soon dive to the bottom of the sea to learn more about exploring space. A permanent underwater base almost 20 m below the waves off the coast of Florida will be Timís home for more than a week in June.
 
The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, allows space agencies to test technologies and research international crew behaviour for long-duration missions.

http://www.jaxa.jp/topics/2012/04_e.html

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JAXA will send Astronaut Kimiya Yui to the 16th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 16) as part of his training to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for a prolonged period.

Online Chris Bergin

Includes some of the above. Giving it a standalone as it's half on the exploration planning:

Asteroid mission planning continues as NEEMO 16 selects an international crew
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/04/asteroid-mission-neemo16-international-crew/

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http://www.esa.int/esaHS/SEM0G52XN2H_index_0.html

and

Tim Peake‏@astro_timpeake

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Finished Rescue Diver training today,now just need to pack my gear and head out to Florida for NEEMO 16 mission...happy days :)


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpeake/7339946272/in/set-72157630054371338/

NEEMO 16 Crew

From left to right: Kimiya Yui (JAXA), Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger (NASA), Tim Peake (ESA), Steve Squyres (Cornell, NASA Advisory Council)

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MEDIA ADVISORY: M12-107

NASA SETS MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEEMO UNDERSEA MISSION

HOUSTON -- NASA astronaut and commander for the 16th NASA Extreme
Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO), Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger,
will be available for live satellite interviews while performing a
simulated spacewalk under water. The interviews will take place
between 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. EDT June 15. NASA will also host a media
day June 21 in Key Largo, Fla.

NEEMO sends groups of NASA employees and contractors to live for 12
days, 63 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, in the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aquarius lab. The
laboratory is located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
in Key Largo. For NASA, Aquarius provides a convincing analog to
space exploration, and NEEMO crew members experience some of the same
tasks and challenges under water as they would in space.

This year's NEEMO expedition begins June 11 and will simulate a
mission to an asteroid. The mission will focus on three areas --
communication delays, restraint and translation techniques and
optimum crew size. Metcalf-Lindenburger will be joined by European
Space Agency astronaut Timothy Peake; Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui; and Steven W. Squyres, Goldwin Smith
professor of astronomy at Cornell University and chairman of the NASA
Advisory Council. Squyres also was a member of NEEMO 15.

Journalists are invited to a media day where they will have the
opportunity to tour the Mobile Mission Control Center, interview
scientists and engineers involved in the mission and take part in a
remote news conference with the NEEMO crew members who will be aboard
Aquarius.
The NASA Live Interview Media Service (LIMS) satellite will be used
for the underwater interviews. The NASA producer will provide
confirmed clients with LIMS satellite parameters.

The interviews also will be simulcast on NASA Television, which can be
viewed by those not participating.

To request a slot in the underwater interviews with
Metcalf-Lindenburger or to participate in the media day activities,
reporters must contact Brandi Dean at brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov by 5
p.m. CDT (6 p.m. EDT) on Wednesday, June 13.

The NEEMO mission is sponsored by NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems
Program.

For more information about NEEMO and the crew, and links to follow the
mission on Facebook and Twitter, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/neemo

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:


http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


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