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The wet porch
Stott and Garan welcome a fellow aquanaut arriving with camera in the wet porch of the Aquarius undersea habitat. The wet porch is the entrance and exit for the underwater laboratory. Similar to an upside-down empty glass submerged in water, it uses atmospheric pressure to keep the ocean out of the habitat. In the foreground, wet suits drip as they dry out.
Preparing the 18-day stay
Crew members prepare for their stay inside the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory. Williams leads the crew of four, which includes Garan, Stott and Broderick. NEEMO 9 is a cooperative project of NASA, NOAA, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery in Canada.