On February 15th, 1969, four aquanauts were lowered 50 feet to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea off St.
On February 15th, 1969, four aquanauts were lowered 50 feet to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea off St. John Island in the Virgin Islands.
This film, taken during a rehearsal, shows how they spent the 60 days under water. They lived in a 16-ton steel habitat divided into four chambers, one for living, one for machinery, another for scientific studies. The fourth, a flood chamber, allowed the aquanauts to study geological formations and fish life.
The aquanauts swam outside for a total of 200 hours and they accomplished three to four times as much works as going down on a daily basis.
When the aquanauts were finally brought up, they had to stay in a decompression chamber for 19 hours before they could come out. Their wives were waiting for them on shore when they finally emerged. Their reaction to living underwater was summed up by one of the aquanauts: "The sea floor is not only great lace to visit, it's also heck of a nice place to live."