NASA's Undersea 'Asteroid' Mission NEEMO 16 in Photos

NEEMO 16 Mock Asteroid Spacewalk

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NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger tests different ways to anchor to the surface of an asteroid on a simulated spacewalk on the ocean floor during the NEEMO 16 mission.

NEEMO Aquanauts Testing Surface Operations

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NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) aquanauts test and develop surface operations. Photo released June 13, 2012.

NEEMO 16 Aquanauts on Deck

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The aquanauts of NEEMO 16 mission pose for a group picture on the first day of the mission, June 11, 2012.

NEEMO 16 Participants Entering the Water

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NEEMO 16 participants enter the water on Day 1 of the mission, June 11, 2012.

NEEMO 16 Light Test Day 1

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NEEMO 16 participants seen outside and inside Aquarius on Day 1 of the mission, June 11, 2012.

NEEMO 16 Light Test Day 1 #2

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NEEMO 16 participants seen outside and inside Aquarius on Day 1 of the mission, June 11, 2012.

Dottie Suiting as EV1 MD2

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NASA posted this photo of NEEMO 16 activities taken on June 12, 2012. They wrote: "Dottie suiting as EV1 MD2."

NEEMO 16 Underwater Camera

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An underwater camera floats on June 13, 2012, as part of the NEEMO 16 mission.

NEEMO 16 Divers and Sub

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NEEMO 16 divers pose with mini-sub on June 13, 2012, the third day of the mission.

Miniature Submarine

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A miniature submarine operates during the NEEMO 16 mission. Photo taken June 13, 2012.

NEEMO 16 Diver with Sub in Background

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A NEEMO 16 diver is seen with the sub in the background. Photo taken on June 14, 2012, day four of the mission.

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