October 16, 2012
JSC2007-E-22754 (8 May 2007) --- A two-armed remotely controlled surgical robot from the University of Washington known as Raven is photographed 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. A crewmember is visible as he looks into the habitat from a port window. 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.
Topics: Technology Internet, Aquanauts, Underwater diving, Medicine, Environment, Dewey Smith, Underwater habitat, Remote surgery, Craig McKinley, NEEMO, Water, Aquarius