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October 5, 2012
JSC2004-E-44839 (11 October 2004) --- Equipped with SCUBA gear, the NEEMO-7 crewmembers leave the Aquarius habitat to begin a two-hour underwater extravehicular activity (EVA). Pictured are astronaut/aquanaut Robert B. Thirsk, commander representing the Canada Space Agency; astronaut/aquanauts Michael R. Barratt and Catherine G. (Cady) Coleman, both mission specialists; and Dr. Craig McKinley of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario. Their destination was a site about 450 feet from the Aquarius habitat to survey the area for future mission operations. The crew is spending 10 days, October 11-20, undersea mission 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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