Underwater robots benefitting deep-space missions
NASA is known for training its astronauts in underwater conditions as it provides a environment similar to the restricted movement an astronaut would experience in space. Now NASA are taking to the deep Pacific Ocean in order to improve the search for life in deepspace missions.
The Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog, or SUBSEA, project is a collaborative effort between
NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Ocean Exploration Trust and more. This project will drop two robotic explorers off the coast of Hawaii to explore the deep-sea environment near a volcano, which scientists believe will be similar to ocean worlds such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus.