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Citadel News Service
5 Sep 2014

Citadel alumnus and astronaut to Command as aquanaut from under the sea

Opportunities for community and classrooms to watch mission live

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Citadel graduate and NASA astronaut Col. Randy Bresnik, USMC, Class of 1989, who took the college to new heights with his November 2009 voyage into space aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, is in the news again.  This time Bresnik will command a seven-day mission to the bottom of the ocean as part of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO). “Splashdown” is Sunday, Sept. 7. The team will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities. 

“I’ll be wearing a Citadel shirt periodically throughout the week while on Aquarius. It’s exciting to know that teachers and their students from around the Lowcountry and beyond can watch what we are doing on our live feed and learn more about how we will transfer lessons from under the sea for use in space exploration,” said Bresnik.

The NEEMO crew will stay 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, 5.4 nautical miles off the coast of Key Largo, Fla., in Florida International University’s undersea research habitat Aquarius Reef Base, along with two professional habitat technicians.

For seven days, the team will be focused on the evaluation of telementoring operations with the European Space Agency. Telementoring consists of a crew member being given instruction for a task by an expert who is located remotely but is virtually present via a video and voice connection. The studies will provide information that correlates directly to life aboard the space station, where crew members must frequently perform critical tasks that present constraining factors similar to those experienced in an undersea environment.

  • Teachers, your class can view the mission live from 8 a.m. – 9p.m. each day from Teens4Oceans and scrolling down HERE.
  • Follow Bresnik and the crew during the mission on Facebook HERE or Twitter HERE.
  • Watch a video explaining the mission HERE.
  • Read more about Bresnik and the NEEMO 19 crew HERE.
  • Media needing more information access to satellite feeds or interviews should contact William Jeffs of NASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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