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October 5, 2012
JSC2004-E-46166 (14 October 2004) --- Astronaut/aquanaut Robert B. Thirsk, NEEMO-7 commander representing the Canadian Space Agency, performs laparoscopic surgery on a training model for the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project. Thirsk is leading a crew on a 10-day undersea mission October 11-20 aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, located off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. The project goal is to evaluate the use of tele-mentoring and tele-robotics in performing emergency diagnostic, surgical and interventional therapies in a confined environment, as found in space flight.

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