Stories tagged Aquarius

Sep
18
2007

Underwater mobile home: Aquarius is the underwater home for researchers for their current nine-day mission off the coast of Florida. The tube is about the same size as a school bus.
Underwater mobile home: Aquarius is the underwater home for researchers for their current nine-day mission off the coast of Florida. The tube is about the same size as a school bus.
As the like to say in “The Godfather,” do you want to sleep with the fishes?

A team of six scientists – aquanauts – Monday started a nine-day project where they’re living and working 24-7 60 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s reefs. They’ve set up Aquarius Reef Base about nine miles southeast of Key Largo.

And you can be there virtually with an Internet link up. Real-time updates and video feeds are available at www.oceanslive.org or www.uncw.edu/nurc/aquarius.

Crew quarters: Inside Aquarius, scientists can watch what their partners are doing out on the ocean floor. And we can watch what they're doing through Internet connections. (Photos from www.uncw.edu/nurc/aquarius)
Crew quarters: Inside Aquarius, scientists can watch what their partners are doing out on the ocean floor. And we can watch what they're doing through Internet connections. (Photos from www.uncw.edu/nurc/aquarius)
The research will be focusing on the marine habitats around the reef and impacts that rising water temperatures and human pollution might be having on that environment.

Aquarius is school bus-sized tube with a diameter of nine feet that the aquanauts will be living in. And it’s actually been at that location for 21 years. Inside Aquarius, the researchers have bunk beds, showers, a microwave oven and computers to handle their Internet link ups.

Some of the experiments and research the aquanauts will be doing will gather data to compare with findings from earlier dives. A special focus on this dive will be to gather more information about sponges and soft corals of the area.