Wednesday, June 11, 2014

POPULAR SCIENCE Interviews Fabien Cousteau From The Sea Bottom Lab Aquarius



R/V Western Flyer. Image courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Photo: NOAA

"Aquarius is an undersea laboratory and home for scientists studying the marine environment. Owned by NOAA, the Aquarius program is operated by Florida International University (FIU). The underwater habitat currently sits in about 60 feet of water, 4.5 kilometers offshore of Key Largo, Florida, on a sand patch adjacent to deep coral reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.Through saturation diving techniques, Aquarius allows scientists to live and work underwater 24 hours per day for mission that typically last 10 days. Living underwater allows scientists to conduct research and observe things that would be difficult to observe if diving from the surface." From NOAA OCEAN EXPLORER

Fabien Cousteau  is the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and is an environmental economists ,film maker, oceanographic project leader and film maker. Currently he is working aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's under sea laboratory  Aquarius . Aquarius is operated for NOAA by Florida International University (FIU) and is located under 63 feet of water in the Florida Keys. FIU maintains a web site where you can learn more about the project and view continuous live camera feeds. Check out FIU's AQUARIUS LIVE .  Recently POPULAR SCIENCE INTERVIEWED Fabien Cousteau from aboard the Aquarius and he gave Popular Science's camera's a detailed tour of the interior of the station. An exterior tour may be taken at any time via FIU's site. Here we link you to all of the relevant sites. Again we note the parallels between space exploration and ocean exploration and note Cousteau mentions that the lab is also used to train astronauts for the International Space Station. We think the links presented here compliment our existing "virtual dive" links in our OCEANOGRAPHY SECTION and will add them there shortly and as permanently as the Aquarius project and NOAA maintain the sites. So click in at Popular Science and enjoy  the interview with Fabien Cousteau. 

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