October 8, 2012
JSC2006-E-12377 (26-31 March 2006) --- Ross Hein, a professional aquanaut from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), prepares equipment for crew training. Hein will provide engineering support during the ninth NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission April 3-20 inside the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. Canadian astronaut Dafydd (Dave) R. Williams leads the crew of four, which includes astronauts Ronald J. Garan Jr. and Nicole P. Stott, and University of Cincinnati physician Tim Broderick. NEEMO 9 is a cooperative project of NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UNCW and the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery in Canada.