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June

Day 8… Woke up early this morning, 4:47 am and had a nice warm cup of coffee before everyone got u.

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Day 8… Woke up early this morning, 4:47 am and had a nice warm cup of coffee before everyone got up

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Successful mission, and hope for Florida’s reefs?

The Aquanauts are now decompressing in the Aquarius, slowly being brought to sea-level pressure while still living 50 feet below the surface at Conch Reef.

You would have thought that I would have learnt my lesson from last year, but when I was asked if I wanted to do another Aquarius mission this summer, I said,”Sure.”

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Unfortunately the Aquarius Habitat can only accommodate six inhabitants at one time (two technicians and four aquanaut scientists) so I sadly couldn’t saturate for this mission.

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July

Today was a big day in terms of sampling for our team.

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I still have a sense of awe everytime I have the priveledge of being an Aquanaut.

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We have reached the halfway point in the mission.

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It’s 4 in the morning and I can’t sleep. I’m excited to be living under the sea in Aquarius. I’m excited by the science we are conducting in this unique setting on Conch Reef.

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Today we woke up as aquanauts having spent our first night in Aquarius! Those of us up early got to see a show of squid hunting near the view ports.

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I was reminded this morning of the unique situation we are in down here in Aquarius.

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It seems like just yesterday that we started this mission, but tomorrow is our last day of diving before we start decompression.

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It rarely gets talked about during interview about Aquarius, but the guys who work topside during a saturation mission make it all happen.

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From the late 1950′s through the 1960′s the U.S. Navy SEALAB program was guided by Captain George Bond. This program ultimately had a huge impact on the global economy.

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Those are the words of Bob Barth during Craig Coopers retirement ceremony.

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To all the people that view our pages and read our blogs, what do you want to see and read about?

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We (the science crew) are well-adjusted to life underwater now so operations are running smoothly.

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August

….another day in the office. Today was moon jelly day- they were everywhere in the upper water column, fortunately less of them down near the bottom where we were working

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I remember the exact moment I saw the email from my advisor in my inbox, asking if I could come to Aquarius for three weeks.

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September

I’m writing from a depth of 48 feet below the surface on the first night of Aquarius’ fourth mission of 2011.

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November

It is hard to believe, but today was our last full day of diving for the mission- I feel like we just descended down here!

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