NASA Conducts Underwater ‘Spacewalks’ To Train Astronauts For Asteroid Missions


NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 18 mission will conduct underwater tests to prepare astronauts for the future asteroid landing. It’s a common practice among astronauts to practice spacewalks underwater. But the U.S. space agency is conducting the aquatic excursions with a new twist. When you are in the space, your message takes a few minutes before it reaches the Mission Control on the Earth.

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NASA plans to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025

So, NASA will create a 10-minute delay in communications with the Mission Control, simulating what it would be like to speak with people on Earth from deep space. Scientists performing underwater spacewalks will have to pretend that they are on an asteroid. The crew members will be conducting a spacewalk during the 10-minute communication delay. By that time, the Mission Control would give them instructions on the spots to sample, reports Elizabeth Howell of

Jeanette Epps, an astronaut who is part of NASA’s NEEMO 18 crew, said they would be testing out the tools that they might have to use if they did go to an asteroid. The space agency aims to send humans to an asteroid by 2025. Epps spoke to media from about 20 meters underwater in the Aquarius lab, about three miles off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.

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Similarities between NASA’s Aquarius lab and actual space conditions


Though it’s a simulation, scientists have sometimes experienced malfunctions. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei said that, earlier in the mission, communication problems between the Mission Control and the spacewalkers affected operations. There are many similarities between the confined environment of the Aquarius lab and the actual space conditions. Astronauts will have to live together in close quarters, balance maintenance talks with science tasks and have the time tightly scheduled.

The crew is made up of six people. Two of them have the responsibility to maintain the underwater lab, and keep things in working order, including the suits of astronauts. The other four are NASA astronauts.

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  1. ASTEROIDS, COMETS, AND METEORS ORIGINATED FROM EARTH: In the Earth’s past there were powerful volcanic explosions propelling millions of tons of earth soil and rock (now asteroids and meteors which may contain organic molecules or organisms) into space. Read my popular Internet article, ANY LIFE ON MARS CAME FROM EARTH. The article explains how millions of tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars, and how debris we call asteroids and meteors could have originated from Earth. According to a Newsweek article of September 21, 1998, p. 12 that quotes a NASA scientist, SEVEN MILLION tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars! How could this be possible? Read and find out.

    Even if the right chemicals exist, life cannot arise by chance. The molecules that make-up life have to be in a sequence, just like the letters found in a sentence.

    Scientist and creationist, Brian Thomas explains:

    “Astronomers measure comets’ masses and erosion rates to calculate potential lifespans. Sun grazing comets last fewer than 100,000 years.2 They thus confront secular astronomy which maintains that comets formed with the rest of the solar system billions of years ago. A solar system that old should have no remaining comets.

    How do secularists solve this dilemma?

    Reporting on Ison, The Independent said, “Comet Ison has taken millions of years to reach us travelling from the so-called Oort cloud – a reservoir of trillions and trillions of chunks of rock and ice, leftovers from the birth of the planets.”3

    Unfortunately, nobody has yet witnessed a single one of those “trillions and trillions of chunks.” Going strictly with observational science, the “so-called Oort cloud” may exist only in the reservoir of the human mind.

    Clearly, secular astronomers invented the Oort cloud to rescue their billions-of-years dogma from a disintegration process that limits a comet’s age—and thus the age of the Solar System—to thousands of years. When Ison becomes visible later this year, perhaps it will remind thoughtful viewers that the universe is quite young, just as Scripture teaches” (Brian Thomas, M.S., Science Writer at the Institute for Creation research).

    Check out my most recent Internet articles and sites: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION and WAR AMONG EVOLUTIONISTS (2nd Edition)

    Babu G. Ranganathan*
    B.A. Bible/Biology


    *I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I’ve been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis “Who’s Who in The East” for my writings on religion and science.

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