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A Salute to SeaLab

Peter Neill | Posted 01.19.2016 | Science
Peter Neill

SeaLab, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, was the first of three experiments in aquatic living as part of the US Navy's Man-in-the-Sea initiative to understand how humans can best survive in exacting underwater conditions.

Why Hoopla Is Unlikely for the 50th of SEALAB II

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.

SEALAB's 50th Anniversary Could Use Some Celebration Too

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 11.22.2014 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

So, before another half-century goes by, let's pay homage to the U.S. Navy project that effectively dissolved the old diving limits and opened the door to vastly expanded human undersea capabilities.

What Life Is Like In A Fake Asteroid -- Under The Sea

Motherboard | Posted 10.30.2012 | Technology

In July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was killing its funding for the Aquarius Reef Base, which, located off the c...

The Closure Of Aquarius Reef Base And America's Scientific Ambitions

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 09.12.2012 | Travel
Ben Hellwarth

The looming closure of America's last underwater base has caused too little scandal and not enough discussion of the future of scientific exploration.

PHOTOS: The New Wave Of Underwater Hotels

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 07.17.2012 | Travel
Ben Hellwarth

I found a variety of new subsea suites that are on their way to opening their doors -- or hatches -- to vacationers who have deeper notions of what an ocean view should be.

PHOTOS: SEALAB And The Race To ‘Inner Space'

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 04.03.2012 | Travel
Ben Hellwarth

Back in the 1960s, it looked as though the space race might be matched by a race in the opposite direction.