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October 9, 2012
JSC2007-E-24215 (13 May 2007) --- A two-armed remotely controlled surgical robot (interior) and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), called Scuttle, are photographed from inside the undersea habitat for the 12th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission. In addition to hands on telesurgery demonstrations, robotic telesurgery technology developed and refined within this mission will help surgeons overcome interplanetary communication lag time. Technologies such as surgeon-guided automatic robot function could improve the care of astronauts on future lunar missions. The NEEMO 12 crew is spending 12 days, May 7-18, on an undersea mission aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, which is operated by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and located off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.