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Far beneath the waves of the Florida keys, an underwater laboratory called Aquarius provides a safe harbor for scientists to live and work for weeks at a time. Owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Aquarius operates 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles) off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is deployed next to deep coral reefs 62 feet (19 meters) below the surface.

About NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations)

NEEMO - the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project - is a NASA analog mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research station, for up to three weeks at a time.

Established in 1947 as Wilmington College, UNCW continues to expand every year.  A sprawling campus hidden in the middle of town, it brings students from all over the United States and the world.

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