Astronaut Who Nearly Drowned in Space to Lead Undersea Mission

June 25, 2015 3:56 PM

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After nearly drowning in his spacesuit two years ago, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano is diving into a new mission under the Atlantic Ocean.

Parmitano will command the the 20th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) expedition, which takes place 62 feet underwater at the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. The goal of the 14-day mission is to test new tools and techniques for future spacewalks.

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