June 12, 2012
Hi, my name is Darlene Lim. I am a research scientist at the SETI Institute and the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. I am currently leading the Science and DeepWorker submersible activities at the 16th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO). I’m a geobiologist and DeepWorker sub pilot by day; mommy, wife, perpetual explorer by day and night!
Today is the first day of our submersible operations at NEEMO16. And as is typical for these types of complex deployments, we’re behind schedule, being held up by water on the deck, and other expected unexpected events. I’ve been working with Nuytco DeepWorker submersibles for 5 years now, both in lakes and in the ocean. The first day is always a day for working out the kinks, making sure everything is buttoned down, safe and ready to take a serious work out by our eager Science Pilots. So by extension, the first day is always a little bit of organized chaos.