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Nasa scubanaut article

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  • 1. NASA ‐ The Scoop on SCUBAnauts Page 1 of 2 › Log In To MyNASA | › Sign Up NASA Home > Education > For Educators > Grades 5-8 > Featured Materials Send Print Share Feature NASA Education Text Size Rate this: About NASA Education About NASA Education The Scoop on SCUBAnauts 09.30.08 Education Leadership When space shuttle Endeavour launched in March of this year, a group of 35 NASA Centers and Facilities middle and high school students in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area followed the NASA Mission Directorates mission closely. A few days after launch, shuttle Commander Dominic Gorie Performance Assessment unfurled a blue banner carrying an emblem with the words, "Operation Deep Education Programs Climb." Education Contacts For Educators This was the moment the students had been waiting for ever since their exciting trip to Hawaii, where they probed the depths of the ocean, hiked to the summit of For Educators the mountain Mauna Kea and were joined by Gorie on an up-close tour of the Grades K-4 Keck Observatory. The activities were part of Operation Deep Climb, one of Grades 5-8 various missions organized by SCUBAnauts International. The organization was Mission Commander Dominic Gorie Grades 5-8 unfurls the SCUBAnauts International launched by U.S. Navy Captain David Olson in 2001. flag aboard the space shuttle Featured Materials Endeavour. Image Credit: NASA Featured Sites SCUBAnauts are young marine science explorers, ages 12 to 18, who take part in Have You Seen ... underwater exploration activities throughout the year. They help scientists Education Programs conduct meaningful research while discovering and learning about the marine environment. Grades 9-12 Higher Education Oceans cover 70 percent of Earth's surface. They constitute the largest habitat for Informal Education living things. Coral reefs, in particular, offer a pulse on the ocean's health. They Find Teaching Materials support an extraordinary diversity of marine plants and animals. But human Education TV Schedule activities now threaten the survival of these vital natural resources. Pollution, Current Opportunities climate change and over-fishing are damaging reefs worldwide. For Students For Students SCUBAnauts attain firsthand knowledge of underwater environments by visiting Grades K-4 and monitoring them, and by training with marine research scientists. "They are Grades 5-8 here to be good stewards of their environment and learn more about the Grades 9-12 environment," said marine geologist Christopher Moses, who is the chief scientist Higher Education for SCUBAnauts. Two SCUBAnauts perform a fish count Current Opportunities in Key Largo in June 2007. Image Credit: SCUBAnauts International NASA Kids' Club The program currently exists only in the Tampa Bay area. NASA awarded a three- year grant to the program in May 2007. The grant will help continue the program's research activities and help establish new chapters in places such as the Florida Keys and Annapolis, Md. Being a SCUBAnaut requires dedication and a sense of adventure. The first item on the agenda for new members is to get certified as open-water scuba divers. They learn diving skills such as moving forward, going backwards and turning by using just their feet. These skills are important because on research dives these young explorers carry cameras, clipboards and other equipment. "As a scientific diver (you are) constantly working with something so your hands are always full," Moses says. "Plus you don't want (animals) to run and hide when you wave your hands." During the school year, students attend one meeting a month, sometimes meeting notable marine researchers. Participants also receive regular dive training, as well as CPR, first-aid and emergency training with the U.S. Coast Guard. One or two weekends a month are reserved for the exciting science dives. On these dives, SCUBAnauts monitor artificial reefs in the Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico. They check the health of coral reefs by watching for disease, algal A group of SCUBAnauts stand under the space shuttle Endeavour in overgrowth or bleaching. Routine parts of the dives also include fish counts; February 2008 while it is being species surveys; and collecting and recording data that include temperature, prepared for a March launch. Image turbidity and salinity of the waters. Credit: SCUBAnauts International The data collected is shared with NASA's GLOBE Program. GLOBE involves K- 12 students from around the world in measuring environmental factors, sharing Earth science data with each other and using the data to conduct science projects and research. GLOBE supports NASA's goal of attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.‐8/features/the‐scoop‐on‐scubanauts.html 2/19/2010
  • 2. NASA ‐ The Scoop on SCUBAnauts Page 2 of 2 Summertime brings more thrilling adventures at exotic sites. In the past, SCUBAnauts have monitored coral reefs in the Bahamas and Jamaica. They have performed fish counts in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which boasts over 200 species of coral and fish. And they have visited the Aquarius underwater ocean laboratory, located off the shore of Key Largo at a depth of 60 feet. Operation Deep Climb was one of the more memorable research expeditions for the SCUBAnauts. In October 2007, the students, accompanied by researchers and adult volunteers, went to Hawaii for two weeks. They descended as far as 2,000 feet below the ocean's surface in deep-sea submersibles to look at a A group of SCUBAnauts work outside Aquarius, the world's only underwater Japanese midget submarine sunk at Pearl Harbor. research habitat, to perform fish counts and coral surveys. Image Credit: After the Pearl Harbor dive, the SCUBAnauts climbed 13,700 feet to the peak of SCUBAnauts International Mauna Kea. The hike allowed them to explore rare plant and animal species, their ecosystems, and endangered communities. Captain Gorie then escorted them on a tour of the Keck Observatory, which features twin telescopes -- each standing eight stories tall -- that sit atop the mountain. Future missions will take the SCUBAnauts to observe undersea volcanic eruptions and hydrothermal vents, and to explore the undersea geological features along Mauna Kea, which extends 20,000 feet beneath the ocean. Related Resources SCUBAnauts Web site → Ocean World → Ocean Motion → Rising Tides → Scuba Divers and Satellites Prachi Patel, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies › Back To Top Comments Name: Guest Comment: Keep comments relevant. Inappropriate or offensive comments may be edited and/or deleted. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted - no need to use <p> or <br/>. Quotes, apostrophes, and double-dashes are automatically converted to smart punctuation. Be careful when copying and pasting portions of entries or other comments. > We Got Rules, People Post Comment Page Last Updated: April 10, 2009 Budgets, Strategic Plans and Freedom of Information Act Contact NASA Accountability Reports Privacy Policy & Important Notices Site Map Page Editor: Shelley Canright Equal Employment Opportunity Data NASA Advisory Council NASA Official: Brian Dunbar Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act Inspector General Hotline Information-Dissemination Policies Office of the Inspector General Open Government at NASA and Inventories NASA Communications Policy Help and Preferences‐8/features/the‐scoop‐on‐scubanauts.html 2/19/2010

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