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NEEMO 6 Journals

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

NEEMO 6, Day 1
John Herrington
"Greetings from beneath the surface of the sea. What a fantastic day it has been."
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NEEMO 6, Day 1
Topside Team
"The 6th NEEMO mission has officially begun with a 10:16 EST 'splashdown' of the crew."
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NEEMO 6, Day 2
John Herrington
"I have the bow window at my feet and the bow lights are turned on bright. What's amazing is the number of small animals that inhabit this water. Tiny creatures flittering about like bugs under the porch light on a hot summer night."
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NEEMO 6, Day 2
Topside Team
"At about 10:16 a.m. this morning, the NEEMO 6 crew had been in saturation for 24 hours."
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NEEMO 6, Day 3
John Herrington
"Do you ever recall sitting down with a box of Tinkertoys, piled high on the living room floor? Remember taking each piece and meticulously putting them together?"
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NEEMO 6, Day 3
Topside Team
"Ever wonder how the crew knows what it is they are supposed to do when they are in space, or in our case underwater?"
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NEEMO 6, Day 4
John Herrington
"Even down here, I am tied to my computer. I'm using a small handheld device to capture my daily routine as well as my schedule and e-mail."
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NEEMO 6, Day 4
Topside Team
"Standing tall and proud on the shifting white sands meters from the Aquarius habitat lies a glistening new visitor to the reef today."
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NEEMO 6, Days 5 and 6
John Herrington
"So where is the Day 5 journal you ask? Well, some days you just can't fit in everything that you would like."
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NEEMO 6, Days 5 and 6
Topside Team
"The bones throughout your body are constantly being torn down and rebuilt throughout your lifetime. This is a natural process that keeps them healthy."
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NEEMO 6, Day 7
Topside Team
"One of the crewmembers confided last night that he was 'forever changed by this experience.' We know what he means."
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NEEMO 6, Day 8
Topside Team
"NEEMO 6 is almost in the history books. They have had a very successful and rewarding mission, which has run the gamut from investigating new engineering hardware, software and procedures, to learning to be proxy scientists on the coral reef outside their home."
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NEEMO 6, Day 9
Doug Wheelock
"It is with mixed emotions that I prepare for my last night aboard Aquarius. She's a fine ship and a national treasure. We've left Aquarius in excellent condition and ready for all of you future aquanauts out there."
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NEEMO 6, Day 9
Topside Team
"The NEEMO 6 mission ended yesterday morning on a gorgeous, flat calm Florida day. The crew finished deco and were guided slowly to the surface by a pair of safety divers."
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NEEMO 6, Day 9
John Herrington
"Most often the solution to a problem lies in seeing how all of the pieces fit together. I believe living and working underwater or over the planet does just that, it gives us the big picture."
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NEEMO 6, Day 10
Tara Ruttley
"This NEEMO mission has given me the most unique perspective of how flight hardware should be handled in a way that no other engineering training, academic course work or flight hardware laboratory could provide."
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NEEMO 6, Day 10
John Herrington
"Our tenth morning onboard was a flurry of activity: packing our remaining clothing, clearing the bunks of our linens, vacuuming, wiping down the surfaces with antiseptic spray, and pretty much trying to stay out of the way of the three hab technicians we have with us."
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 07/27/2004
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