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NEEMO 5 Journals

Underwater participants in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, program usually keep a journal detailing their daily activities. A complete archive of their journals is available on the Aquarius Web site.

NEEMO 5, Day 2
Clayton Anderson

"Located off of the shores of Key Largo, Florida, [Aquarius] is truly a space flight analogy. I have been listening to some beautiful New Age music as I watch Spotted Eagle Rays, Caribbean Manta/Sting Rays and a Nurse Shark silently and smoothly cruise the ocean floor."
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NEEMO 5, Day 4
Clayton Anderson

"Consider living quarters where your kitchen, family room, breakfast nook, office and workshop are the exact same place! Sound a bit cramped, does it? Well, the previous description applies to both the Aquarius Habitat and the Space Shuttle."
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NEEMO 5, Day 4
Peggy Whitson

"I have spent a lot of time in the last 6 months wishing that I were back living on the International Space Station ... This longing to be in space is probably why this opportunity to have a mission under the sea intrigued me."
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NEEMO 5, Day 8
Peggy Whitson

"After shutting off our flashlights, we got to see the most amazing sight. As our eyes adjusted to the darkness, we saw fireflies on the sand and floating through the water ... [These] would ... light up just with the wave of a fin or even my hand through the water."
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NEEMO 5, Day 8
Clayton Anderson

"'AccidentlyPinchedbyCaribbeanSpinyLobster' is not a good call sign ... but 'Pinch' or 'Spiny' are fine by themselves ... If you accidentally injure yourself during work say, by cutting your thumb, possible call signs would be 'Thumb' or maybe 'Slice.'"
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NEEMO 5, Day 9
Garrett Reisman

"[A long dive] starts with some anxiety. How long will it be until lunch? But anxiety soon fades into new aquatic insights, like observing how ... a lobster will put its feelers all over your head if you get face to face with him."
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NEEMO 5, Day 10
Clayton Anderson

"Just think of it ... tele-medicine; performing an ultrasound remotely to help determine the health of a child or the status of someone's kidney ... This is real. This is the stuff that was considered 'futuristic' just a decade ago. And here we are, fortunate enough to be contributing."
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NEEMO 5, Day 12
Clayton Anderson

"Well, I'm back in my bunk again ... yeah, yeah, ask my wife and she'll tell you I love to get my "beauty sleep (and of course, you realize it's not helping much!)." It's been really difficult trying to decide what to write about today."
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NEEMO 5, Day 12
Peggy Whitson

"This morning started off early, with us leaving the habitat just after 6 a.m. The best part about this dive was that the only objective was to have some fun! We videotaped some of the "night-life" using our flashlights to illuminate those interesting anemone I described earlier and some of the other dramatic colors in the corals that decorate the habitat."
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NEEMO 5, Day 13
Garrett Reisman
"NASA has developed a training program for long-term spaceflight which culminates in our current mission aboard the Aquarius. This program is officially called the 'Expedition Interpersonal Training Flow', but I prefer to call it 'Advanced Potty Training.'"
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NEEMO 5, Day 13
Clayton Anderson
"For the past 14 days we have been saturation diving. That means that we have as much nitrogen within our bloodstream as our bodies will allow...we are nitrogen saturated. And as is the case with any diver, now begins the process of removing that nitrogen from our system."
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 06/30/2003
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