Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3

Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3

Florida Travel And Tourism

Part 3

Finding NEEMO


Rick Stoneking Sr. CEO

Heather Pendley,  Submissions Editor


Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 – Introduction

I have lived in Florida since 1987, except for four of the last 29 years. I am still amazed at the incredible family-friendly tourism that keeps multiplying. Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 speaks of aqua parks, science tourism, space adventures, and underwater adventures, Florida has it all. Furthermore, nothing beats NASA for STEM education. Moreover, this provides a great opportunity for Homeschool Field Trip Ideas.

I love all things related to space. Space fascinates me. I would love to be the first person to visit Mars. Mars Facts. Everyone is fascinated by anything space related. Perhaps that is why Space Tourism is so popular in Florida. We have even named that part of our coastline as Florida’s Space Coast.

When I read about what NASA Aquanauts were doing, I was super intrigued. Wait, Aquanauts. Don’t you mean Astronauts? Well, yes and no. Let me explain. But first the obligatory tourism background. Obvioudly, I am a Travel Publisher and a Travel Writer for the tourism industry. And, Florida Tourism in particular. I do live here after all.


Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 – Background

To begin with, Living in Florida within a two hour drive of Kennedy Space Center is a dream come true. Certainly for space and science enthusiasts. Watching rocket after rocket sent into space is unlike anything tourists can experience anywhere else. This is especially true if you visit NASA during one of the rocket launches.


Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 Finding NEEMO

This is where NEEMO, not Nemo the Disney movie, comes to light. NEEMO is an acronym for “NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations.” They call it “Aquarius” and it is located about 5.6 miles off the Florida Keys.

Firstly, the astronauts, engineers and scientists of the NEEMO team spent 16 days at Aquarius Reef Base “since 2013. Aquarius is owned by the Florida International University (FIU). Moreover, as part of the FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative. Also, the Medina Aquarius Program is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide”. Source Wikipedia. The expedition began on July 21, 2016, and ended on August 5th, 2016.


The Purpose Of NEEMO

The purpose of NEEMO is to simulate a trip to deep space. NASA sends astronauts, engineers and scientists including NASA partners, like the European Space Agency, to live in Aquarius. The European Space Agency has 22 member states.

As was mentioned earlier, NASA is all about simulation. According to NASA “the Aquarius habitat and its surroundings provide a convincing analog for space exploration.

Want to know what the underwater lab looks like? Visit: “The world’s only permanent undersea lab is the size of a school bus and has great Wi-Fi.

The pictures below show the enormity of Aquarius Research Lab. It sits at 63 feet below sea level.Interestingly, it is about the same size as the International Space station. The platform the lab rests on weighs over 100 tons. Photos courtesy NASA/FIU/Liquid Pictures.

Want to actually go into space? You can do that too. Virgin Galactic is finally licensed to take tourists into space. How do I sign up?



For the first time, FIU (Florida International University) is offering, “Introduction to Saturation Diving.” According to FIU, who owns the underwater laboratory, “This course starts off by giving you in-depth discussion on the theory of saturation diving and finishes off with practical application of your skills in an overnight stay at Aquarius, the world’s only undersea saturation diving facility.”



Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 shows there is nothing quite like a visit to NASA even without a launch. Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 details the incredible adventure of space launches.  Yet, being there is an experience like no other. For instance, experiencing the deafening roar as the engines fire, the ground shaking under your feet, the glare of the flames as the rocket literally explodes off the launchpad, and following its flight. And, these are all one of a kind experience for tourists.

Florida has many of these one-of-a-kind adventures and experiences that tourists can only discover at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. From movies to videos to photos, there is plenty to entertain all ages @NASA. An all-time favorite is the NASA Project Apollo Archive. But, that isn’t the only thing you can do here.


Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3, Florida’s Space Coast

Check out “Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism” Here is an excerpt from their website:

First, in Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3, you learn about Florida’s Space Coast. Second, you learn it is best-known as the home of America’s space program. Orlando’s closest beaches and some of the best surfing in the country are less than two hours away. Cocoa beach is only minutes from KSC. Yet, this is only a taste of what Florida has to offer.

Surprisingly, KSC has a spectacular array of wildlife, unspoiled natural habitats, sanctuaries and preserves thriving on the Space Coast. Port Canaveral, home to one of the world’s busiest cruise ports, is closeby. There’s great fishing on the freshwater of St.Johns River, saltwater fishing in Indian River Lagoon, as well as deep-sea angling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Over 25 golf courses will challenge beginner or pro. Whether you dream of excitement, or yearn to relax, Florida’s Space Coast has what you need for your next vacation. And there is so much more. Lonely Planet compiled a list of 96 Things to do in The Space Coast, USA



Now, to get back to our “Aquanaut versus Astronaut” story. As everyone knows, NASA is 100 percent all about training. When it comes to preparation for a rocket launch, especially with humans on board, NASA trains to the nth degree. So as you can imagine, training for a mission to the planet Mars, is going to take some extreme training. But how do you train someone to go to Mars when we have never done that before? In a word – simulation. If there is something NASA excels at, it is simulations from incredibly complex computer simulations to real life simulations. NASA works different scenarios with different variables in every way imaginable. And trust me, when it comes to imagination, nobody thinks outside the box like NASA.


Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 – Training For Mars

So although I was intrigued by NASA’s latest training for going to Mars, I really wasn’t surprised. As most people know from science classes in grade school, different planets and other objects in space like Mars have different atmospheres. This affects the planet’s gravity, which causes objects to weigh either more or less than they do on earth. We all remember how light the atmosphere was when the Astronauts went to the moon. Even fully loaded with their gear and heavy spacesuits, they were able to jump and bounce around like they were light as a feather. Of course, it also determines whether or not oxygen is present.


Visit NEEMO Or Kennedy Space

In Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3, we invite you to visit NEEMO or Kennedy Space Center, or better yet both. These are two incredible adventures you will never experience anywhere else. We’re waiting!

Watch for my article on Scuba Tourism in the near future where I will go more in depth about scuba diving and snorkeling in Florida waters. The “South East Florida Reef Tract” spans the SE coast from Palm Beach south to Miami and has “the largest number of scuba dive sites on the Florida southeast coastline with over 100 reefs and wreck sites.”

HINT: I will be telling you about a true one-of-a-kind dive experience only available here in Florida’s panhandle. The site is nicknamed “the Great Carrier Reef,” and it is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. To help make wreck diving safer and more fun, Otto Wagner and Raymond Poudrier began developing detailed underwater maps of wrecks and dive sites. Read Mary Frances Emmons, June 15, 2016, interview of ArtToMedia: Meet The Men Behind The Amazing 3-D Scuba Diving Maps.


Related Links

Since my desire is to always educate, here are some very interesting Related Links

Journey to Mars – Keep up with all things Mars

NASA Television to Air to Mars Showcase, Rocket Engine Test

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) – Space Mission and Science News, Videos and Images

NASA + About the planet Mars – Google

NASA Releases Over 1,000 New Images of Mars‘ Incredibly Diverse Surface

Twitter News About NASA and Mars

Deep Space Habitats On Earth – NASA is preparing to build these awesome habitats

***NASA Education Express. Learn more about the latest NASA education opportunities for educators and students.


More Florida Tourism Information

For more information on Florida Tourism – please visit our Pinterest board: Florida Tourism – Family Friendly Tourism #LoveFL

Please also check out Florida Vacation, Tourism, Travel & Entertainment | VisitFlorida.com

Remember to Request Free Travel Planners and Guides for Florida

For more information about Florida Tourism visit the State of Florida Travel Page.


In sum, we hope Florida Travel And Tourism Part 3 provided you with interesting information. Of course, we want you to enjoy every aspect of Florida tourism. Do you have your own story to tell? Send it to us. Be sure to read our Writing Guidelines first. Admittedly, there were many links. Bookmark this page for later reference. Lastly, if you enjoyed this article, please leave a comment.


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Rick Stoneking Sr, is a retired, disabled, veteran and minister. Indeed, Rick Stoneking Sr. is the Founder/Owner of International Publishing Group, LLC™. Second, he is also the Founder/Owner of InternationalTravelReviews.com™ . Rick operated ITR as a sole proprietor. Also, ITR is now a division of IPG. Third, ITR publishes The International Travel Herald™.

Rick’s writing spans over forty years. Rick’s published articles and columns appeared in recognized state and international magazines. His published articles include both Christian and secular articles.  Moreover, Rick wrote two books – a Christian eBook, and a year-long daily devotional series.


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