NEEMO 6 crew leaves Aquarius on its first mission excursion.|
note: Marc Reagan is the mission director for the NEEMO 6 mission.
This is the first of a series of daily reports documenting the undersea
activities of the NEEMO 6 crew and its Topside Team of supporters
in Key Largo, Florida.
The 6th NEEMO
mission has officially begun with a 10:16 EST 'splashdown' of the
crew. The aquanauts' first objective today was a two hour "EVA "
to a site about 900 feet from the habitat to survey the area for
future coral science operations. Shortly after the two-hour-long
dive, the crew entered the habitat to set up computers, conduct
a safety briefing, and eat lunch. In the afternoon they conducted
another site orientation, and had a lengthy Daily Planning Conference
(DPC) with the Topside Team and the ExPOC (our Mission Control team
in Houston.) The first day has been compared with post-insertion
day on a Space Shuttle flight: many activities to accomplish in
a short amount of time, plus the overhead of learning to live in
a strange new place. The crew was in great spirits as we ended our
DPC. A few of the photos they took today follow...
Day 2, brings two PAO events, each with multiple clients. The morning
event features three "live to air" segments with TV stations
in Denver and Oklahoma City, as well as an interview with Mark Carreau
from the Houston Chronicle. The afternoon brings some newspaper clients,
a French press agency, and an interview with Space.com.
6 Commander John Herrington wonders how he got his command.|
brings more of what got this mission off the dock in the first place:
Engineering evaluations. But more on that tomorrow… :-)
- NEEMO 6