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October 5, 2012
JSC2004-E-46258 (18 October 2004) --- Renowned medical pioneer Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, who visited the Johnson Space Center on October 18, pays a virtual visit to the crew of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 7. Astronaut/aquanaut Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams accompanied the chancellor emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine. From JSC's Experimental Planning and Operations Center (ExPOC),DeBakey talked with the crew and saw a demonstration of the remote telesurgery experiments of the NEEMO 7 mission in the Aquarius underwater lab off the coast of Florida. NASA aquanauts performed mock surgical procedures while linked with Canadian doctors from the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery in Hamilton, Ontario. A communication system allows aquanauts in the water to routinely converse with a ‘mission control’ team in the ExPOC. DeBakey also talked with an aquanauts wearing a wireless underwater communication units attached to a special full face mask while in scuba gear outside the habitat.

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