NEEMO 21: An analogue mission to Mars


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.

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  1. l'exploration de l'espace en explorant le restant de notre propre planette . J'aimerais tant pouvoir participer à cela vous embochez des techniciens ayant une expérience internation de 7ans ?
    (expérience de plusieurs mois dans les déserts de la planette)
    je rêve un peu … mais qui sait …

  2. What an amazing experience, astronauts do the coolest things, not just in space, but here on Earth. Our Planet still has so much left to explore, and space age technology and exploration helps us to make it possible.

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