Going to Extremes: Parallels in Sea and Space Exploration NASA

The extreme environments and otherworldly realms of sea and space may appear to have little in common, but their surprising similarities have prompted NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to host a gathering of sea and space professionals. The three-day working symposium, LINK 2002, is being held at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., May 20-22, and many of the conference events will be webcast. “Today, we study the Earth as a whole system. Oceanography on a global basis is made possible by being able to observe the ocean from space,” said Dr. Ghassem R. Asrar, NASA Associate Administrator for the Earth Science Enterprise. “The deep ocean and deep space are both extreme environments into which we send humans and machines. This conference provides an opportunity to put the two communities together to build relationships and learn from one another.”