Jessica Meir, left, and Paul Hill.
4, Jessica Meir
Day 5, Friday, Sept. 27, 2002
I am writing my final journal entry back here on the surface . .
. it was sad to leave our temporary home at Aquarius this morning.
After our overnight
decompression, we cleaned the habitat and packed the remainder of
our personal/crew items. The habitat was then "blown down"
back to ambient pressure and we initiated our two minute ascent
to the surface. We ascended along a down line, leading directly
to the boat awaiting our arrival. It was a wonderful view, looking
down on Aquarius and its surroundings for the last time . . . funny
to think that we had actually been living down there for several
days. I would have loved to stay for even longer . . .
to a gorgeous Florida Keys day . . . the sun was shining, and the
seas were calm. The brilliant tourqoise and blue in the water and
the blue of the sky really stood out after living underwater for
Living in Aquarius
was truly an incredible experience, I am extremely appreciative
that I had this opportunity. Thank you to all of those at NASA and
NOAA/NURC for the wonderful job they did in organizing this mission.
As I stated in yesterday's journal entry, I hope that the NOAA/NASA
relationship continues to grow, as I believe a significant potential
for benefit on both sides exists through Aquarius.