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NEEMO 7 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.

Training Journals
NEEMO 7, Day 1
Mike Barratt
"We survived the first day of real training more or less unscathed."
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NEEMO 7, Day 2
Mike Barratt
"Everyone is working at breakneck pace to bring the myriad of details together to make this mission work: building hardware, taking measurements, nervously awaiting overdue shipments, testing network connections, training on experiments and serving as subjects for same."
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NEEMO 7, Day 2
Bob Thirsk
"Our mission training is challenging but there is nothing else that I would rather be doing. I feel fortunate to be involved in an undersea mission."
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NEEMO 7, Day 3
Mike Barratt
"Traversing a reef without a mask is not so bad, if you don't mind swimming through a Picasso painting looking for something that's more usable than artistic."
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NEEMO 7, Day 4
Mike Barratt
"Until today, our reef training had indeed been fairly silent, broken only by a few bubbles from our own exhalations. All that changed with the addition of comm masks to our technical diving rigs."
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NEEMO 7, Day 7
Mike Barratt
"We had our first view of the 'Waterlab' structure following Friday's dive, assembled on land; it will be one of our jobs to re-assemble this on the sea floor out in front of the habitat."
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Mission Journals
NEEMO 7, Day 1
Topside Team
"The 7th NEEMO mission has officially begun with a 11:25 EST "splashdown" of the crew, following an intense week of training all last week."
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NEEMO 7, Day 1
Craig McKinley
"It is difficult to explain what it is like living in an underwater habitat. We have day and night but we do not have a clear sunrise and sunset."
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NEEMO 7, Day 1
Mike Barratt
"Living down here is very comfortable and unique, similar to what I imagine for a space mission. It is small and cozy, food smells good, the excitement is contagious, and the view out the window is striking."
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NEEMO 7, Day 1
Bob Thirsk
"It seems as though laws of physics that were familiar to me on the surface are strangely altered undersea ... The voices of my crewmates and I are ever so slightly 'Donald Duck.'"
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NEEMO 7, Day 2
Topside Team
"Today the crew performed a procedure called a 'laparoscopic cholecystectomy,' which basically means removing the gallbladder."
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NEEMO 7, Day 2
Bob Thirsk
"I am so tired that all I can think about is getting to bed. Nevertheless I had another great day on the Aquarius undersea habitat."
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NEEMO 7, Day 2
Mike Barratt
"I would have to say that I slept better last night than the last several, and perhaps for the last several years. This place does not exactly rock you to sleep, but I am happily imaging that it does awaken some primal memories."
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NEEMO 7, Day 3
Mike Barratt
"Cady and I got a start on constructing the infamous Waterlab today, the PVC monstrosity that teaches us teamwork, ingenuity, and patience."
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NEEMO 7, Day 3
Topside Team
"For NASA, exploration is focused on getting us back to the Moon and on to Mars. We have been trying to educate ourselves on what would really be entailed upon taking up residence on a new planet."
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NEEMO 7, Day 4
Topside Team
"As part of our exploration challenge, we are evaluating some different robots on this mission. You might think that ... finding commercial robots that work underwater would be nearly impossible."
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NEEMO 7, Day 4
Mike Barratt
"This morning we were witness to an incredible show when a small fleet of yellow tail jacks herded and surrounded a swarm of three-inch silver baitfish right outside our window..."
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NEEMO 7, Day 5
Mike Barratt
"Our work was occasionally interrupted by the flashes of lightning from a storm overhead, a perspective I had certainly never seen before."
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NEEMO 7, Days 5-7
Topside Team
"Today our Aquanauts got to try something a little different: driving a remotely operated rover across the sea floor."
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NEEMO 7, Day 5
Bob Thirsk
"Each day I do many things aboard Aquarius that I have not previously experienced in my professional career."
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NEEMO 7, Day 6
Mike Barratt
"There was a faint lunar glow breaking the surface as we made our way outbound along the excursion line and watched the habitat lights fade into the blackness behind us."
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NEEMO 7, Day 7
Mike Barratt
"Everyone brings a unique outlook and set of skills to the table. We watch out for one another and each in their own fashion navigates the controlled chaos of the day in concert with the team."
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NEEMO 7, Day 8
Bob Thirsk
"The NEEMO 7 mission experienced one more hardware malfunction. Today one of the hand controllers for the Robo experiment misbehaved."
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NEEMO 7, Day 9
Bob Thirsk
"Whew! This was our busiest and most hectic day of the mission. Medical science and robotic skill evaluations dominated the day.."
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NEEMO 7, Day 9
Topside Team
"One of the things we who work on the NEEMO team take great pride in is the dedication with which we support educational outreach."
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NEEMO 7, Day 10
Topside Team
"We have had a very successful and rewarding mission, and have demonstrated that tele-mentored and tele-robotic surgery can be accomplished even in some of the most extreme environments on earth."
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NEEMO 7, Day 11
Topside Team
"The NEEMO 7 mission ended this morning on a gorgeous, sunny Florida day. The crew finished deco and were guided slowly to the surface by a pair of safety divers."
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 10/23/2004
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