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Mission Aquarius Aquanauts Splash Up!

On July 20, the Mission Aquarius Aquanauts completed their decompression and ‘splashed up’ to the surface offshore of Key Largo, Florida.  Following a busy day of interviews and meetings with conservation minded members of the Florida legislature, the Aquanauts joined us for a memorable fundraiser at the Diving History Museum in Islamorada. Talks are ongoing to look into continued Federal funding for Aquarius, and the possibility of private funding is also a hope to save this, the last underwater laboratory in the world.…
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Aquarius Reef Base – In the Heart of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Right now, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Mark Patterson, and the rest of the Mission Aquarius team are joining One World One Ocean to celebrate 50 years of humans inhabiting the seafloor by spending six days doing research and outreach while living in the Aquarius Reef Base laboratory.  Built in 1986 and relocated to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1992, Aquarius has allowed researchers and innovators to understand the decline of coral reefs and develop cancer drugs from sea sponges.…
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Mission Aquarius Training Underway in Key Largo

By Deb Castellana (c) Aquarius Reef Base Training has begun for Dr. Sylvia Earle and her team of aquanauts in Key Largo, Florida in preparation for Mission Aquarius. On Sunday, July 16th, the team will undertake a saturation dive lasting until July 21st to the Aquarius Reef Base, sitting in 63′ of water in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s the last remaining underwater laboratory in the world, and Mission Blue will be there both to celebrate 50 years of underwater exploration, and also to bring awareness to the looming funding cuts ahead. This may well be the last mission of Aquarius. Since 1993, the Aquarius undersea lab has supported 114 missions, with over 550 peer-reviewed scientific publications produced, numerous educational programs and television pieces.…
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