4 crewmembers pose with the topside team.|
Teams and Key Personnel
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to the participants in NEEMO saturation dives, teams of technicians
and scientists work above the surface. They monitor Aquarius' systems
and stay in contact with the underwater crew.
The Surface Support Team includes the NEEMO project lead, the mission
lead, the dive medical officer and support personnel. This team
resides at the National Undersea Research Center, or NURC during
the mission and training. Overall responsibility and authority for
NASA objectives during NASA missions resides with the NEEMO mission
lead on this team.
This team consists of the four aquanaut personnel from NASA that
go into "saturation," living aboard Aquarius for the duration of
Two NURC employee/aquanauts accompany the NEEMO crew into saturation.
Their primary responsibilities are the operation of the Aquarius
on-board systems and the safety of the aquanauts.
The watch desk is the NURC version of NASA's Mission Control Center.
It is located onshore and is staffed by a team of two employees
24 hours a day during the mission. Watch desk personnel are primarily
responsible for the overall safety of the mission, monitoring the
telemetry of the facility and approving all of the aquanaut dive
plans. The watch desk lead is the ultimate authority on safety issues
such as storm evacuation, medical emergencies, habitat system contingencies
and dive plan approval.
individuals are responsible for developing much of the science conducted
by the aquanauts. They monitor the mission from a remote control
center or in some instances from the NURC facilities. They periodically
interface with the crew real-time during the mission to facilitate
the science needs.