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NEEMO 7
IMAGE: NEEMO 7 Mission Specialist Craig McKinley
Equipped in SCUBA gear, Dr. Craig McKinley of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario, prepares for a training dive.
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NEEMO 7 Journals

NEEMO 7, Craig McKinley
Day 1, Monday, October 11, 2004

Today was mission day one. This has been a very full day. We splashed down at 11:00 and performed two excursions (dives). As well, we have set up communications and I performed an end-to-end test of the network. All of Trevor Chapman’s hard work has resulted in a nominal status for the network. Tomorrow, we begin our surgical experiments.

It is difficult to explain what it is like living in an underwater habitat. We have day and night but we do not have a clear sunrise and sunset. When we look out the window, we see blue in the day, but it is not the blue sky, it is the blue ocean. When we look out at night, we see darkness but it is not the dark sky, it is the dark ocean. And when something passes by our windows, it is not a bird but rather a fish. And when we leave our home, we don't go for a walk but rather a swim.

It must be as strange for the fish as it is for us!


Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 10/14/2004
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