By Ben Hellwarth
While NASA was once attempting to positioned a guy at the moon, the united states military introduced a chain of bold experiments to end up that divers might stay and paintings from a sea-floor base. while the 1st underwater “habitat” referred to as Sealab used to be verified within the early Nineteen Sixties, traditional dives had strict intensity limits and lasted for under mins, no longer the hours or even days that the visionaries at the back of Sealab desired to achieve—for reasons of exploration, clinical learn, and to recuperate submarines and airplane that had sunk alongside the continental shelf. The not going father of Sealab, George Bond, was once a colourful former nation health practitioner who joined the military later in existence and have become passionate about those unanswered questions: How lengthy can a diver remain underwater? How deep can a diver go?
Sealab by no means bought the eye it deserved, but this system encouraged explorers like Jacques Cousteau, broke age-old intensity limitations, and revolutionized deep-sea diving by means of demonstrating that residing at the seabed used to be no longer technological know-how fiction. this day divers on advertisement oil rigs and army divers engaged in categorized missions depend upon tools pioneered in the course of Sealab.
Sealab is a real tale of heroism and discovery: males unafraid to check the bounds of actual persistence to overcome a adversarial undersea frontier. it's also a narrative of frustration and a central authority unwilling to take an analogous dangers underwater that it did in space.
Ben Hellwarth, a veteran journalist, interviewed many surviving contributors from the 3 Sealab experiments and carried out large documentary examine to write down the 1st finished account of 1 of crucial and least recognized experiments in US history.
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