By Jim Panttaja, Head of Corporate Development and Member of Voxer’s Founding Team
Dreams of Outer Space
I grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo launches and missions on TV, for which I got up very early in the morning. I marveled at NASA’s management of the incredibly complex – and dangerous – processes associated with a mission.
For the next two weeks I get to play a small part in that. NEEMO 20 – “NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations” – is a two-week mission 62 feet under the sea in the Florida Keys. NASA runs analog missions like NEEMO to prepare for future trips to asteroids or Mars. Being underwater is much like being in outer space: it’s similar to limited gravity and an unfamiliar environment. Four “aquanauts” will live in an underwater habitat called Aquarius. Each day they emerge from the habitat into the water to do repairs on the base and conduct experiments, as they would on a spacecraft.