Un­der­wa­ter robots ben­e­fit­ting deep-space mis­sions

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

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.

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