In July 2016, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer took part in NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO – a 16-day underwater sortie to enact a mission to Mars and test equipment for astronauts.
NEEMO’s underwater habitat off Florida acts as makeshift a space base for astronauts to make regular ‘waterwalks’ in full scuba gear. Both underwater missions plan sorties for the astronauts to simulate spacewalks.
For NEEMO 21, a rotating crew of four complemented Matthias and NASA astronaut Megan McArthur who tested new techniques, operation procedures and technology.
Connect with Matthias: http://matthiasmaurer.esa.int
More about NEEMO: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NEEMO/index.html
Extreme Underwater Mission on This Week @NASA – July 29, 2016
Meet Megan McArthur, Crew-2 Pilot
Meet the Astronauts Launching on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to the International Space Station
Underwater spacewalk training with Thomas Pesquet
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