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This morning we met with the entire team for a Mission Briefing -- basically just covered all the different science and exploration objectives for the mission. We followed the briefing with a tour of the decompression chamber they have on site here at the NURC facility. From everything we can see it seems that they are very well prepared to ...Keep Reading

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The last day of formal training started out with a briefing for the entire NURC crew explaining the goals of all the scientific experimentation that we will conduct on the mission. After our morning briefs we headed out to a shallow reef to check out the dive helmets (SuperLite 17) that we will use on our sea walks. The area ...Keep Reading

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Another beautiful day in Key Largo. We had our briefing today on the habitat systems and emergency operations. Really a very cool facility. Otter led us through a virtual tour of the facility and gave us a very thorough brief on the layout and system operation. Most of the time the hab techs will be the ones managing any of ...Keep Reading

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The morning was spent going over the habitat systems and emergency procedures. Aquarius is an amazing facility and is very similar to a space craft in many ways. In the afternoon we dove on Conch Reef with the Kirby Morgan masks that we will use when we scuba during the mission. These are full-face masks which have communication equipment incorporated ...Keep Reading

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Started our day again with some more crew pictures, and then off again to some briefings. For the mission we're going to be diving with 2 different kinds of rigs -- a SCUBA setup with a full face comm mask, and a fully enclosed helmet rig called the SL (superlite) 17 that will allow us to walk around on the ...Keep Reading

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Again we spent the morning in briefings and going over our equipment. We trained on the Kirby-Morgan communication mask that we will use to communicate with each other and with Mission Control (ExPoc) in Houston while on excursions outside of the habitat. We also went over procedures to find excursion lines using our secondary cave reel. In the afternoon we ...Keep Reading

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We spent the morning going over the equipment and procedures that we will use with our cave reels to ensure we always have a positive way to get back to the habitat (by tethering a cave reel line to an excursion line). We also went over the lost buddy procedures in the event we get split up from our dive ...Keep Reading

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Day 3 of training. This morning we took our big team picture on one of the dive boats. After that we spent some time with Otter and Ross going over some of the major safety and emergency stuff for the mission. We also talked about the kind of things we can "pot" down with us. Every time they send something ...Keep Reading

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Today was our first day of dive training. We started the day with a really nice briefing to introduce all of the NEEMO 9 team members. We have a lot of really interesting and talented people supporting this mission. Jim Buckley and Ross Hein will be our habitat technician crew members. Have only known these guys a couple days, and ...Keep Reading

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We spent the morning taking our NURC swim test (everyone did great) and going over our scuba gear. We're using twin 100ft3 tanks. In the afternoon we did an equipment shake down dive in the training area at the Aquarius habitat. On the boat ride out to the site three Dolphins followed behind the boat and rode the wake of ...Keep Reading