Watch Astronauts Prepare Underwater for Future Space Exploration

June 22nd, 2012 by Mark

A new webcam allows you to follow four international astronauts as they spend 12 days deep underwater, practicing new ways of working in space. They’re training at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aquarius Reef Base, which is 63 feet below the ocean surface near Key Largo, Florida.

Along with the webcam, NASA are also tweeting and blogging about the astronauts’ experiences. It is the 16th time the underwater base has been used to train astronauts.

There is something in the water! Or not.

The training is hope to help the astronauts work on asteroids. It is hoped that the first human mission on an asteroid will take place in 2025.

There are many problems that astronauts face when working on an asteroid. These include staying attached to the asteroid so not to fall into outer space, and dealing with communication delays. NASA also hopes the underwater exercises will establish the optimum crew size for a human mission on an asteroid.

You can watch the Aquarius Reef Base webcam here.

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