USF researchers may be first married couple in underwater NASA mission


A University of South Florida researcher will join NASA’s next mission to study what happens when a person lives underwater for an extended period of time.

Csilla Ari D’Agostino, who is a research assistant professor of psychology at USF, will serve on a four-woman crew for the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation 23. The underwater mission, dubbed NEEMO 23, simulates space exploration and is especially focusing on future lunar missions.

Her husband, Dominic D’Agostino, an associate professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, previously served on NEEMO 22, as part of an all-male crew. The D’Agostinos may be the first married couple to participate in the mission, according to a news release from USF.