• Short Summary

    A multi-million dollar Japanese Government project to examine the effects of living underwater, is nearing completion at the remote fishing port of Numazu, 60 miles (96 Kilometres) west of Tokyo.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PULL BACK FROM Mt. Fuji TO Ship in harbour at Numazu
    0.10

    2.
    LV PAN & CU Chamber (2 shots)
    0.17

    3.
    LV PAN DOWN FROM Chamber TO Hold of ship
    0.24

    4.
    SV PAN INTERIOR FROM Pressurised chamber TO Control centre
    0.29

    5.
    CU Dials and gauges surround technician at controls (4 shots)
    0.43

    6.
    SV Newsmen looking into pressurised chamber
    0.50

    7.
    SV Sleeping quarters inside chamber
    0.54

    8.
    SV PAN Aquanauts shake hands with officers before entering pressurising chamber
    1.25

    9.
    CU Aquanauts views entering chamber through exterior window
    1.31

    10.
    CU & SV Aquanaut into chamber and taking seat (2 shots)
    1.52

    11.
    SCU Aquanauts examining diver's helmet
    1.57

    12.
    SV PAN Dials and gauges on outside chamber
    2.06

    13.
    CU Chamber door closed and sealed
    2.14



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A multi-million dollar Japanese Government project to examine the effects of living underwater, is nearing completion at the remote fishing port of Numazu, 60 miles (96 Kilometres) west of Tokyo.

    The 6 million dollar U.S. (2.8 million pounds sterling) experiment is code-named "Seatopia" and the Government hopes it will determine whether or not man can live and work efficiently at great depths.

    Seatopia officially began on 21 October, when the "aquanauts" entered their sealed and pressurised living quarters aboard the research ship. After three days of pressurisation, the men were lowered by derrick to a depth of 310 feet (100 metres).

    They are scheduled to surface on Thursday (6 November).

    The Government has taken the programme and its preparations very seriously. It first got underway in 1968 with surface supply and support ship designing, building and crew training. The design of the underwater living capsule came next and was a complicated process.

    Various tests and experiments will be conducted by the aquanauts while they are on the ocean bottom.

    For resources-starved and pollution-conscious Japan, the sea, rather than space, is the great frontier and project "Seatopia" is Japan's NASA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB4VKMHXSC9LQEEH0J8FXWQBI7
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4VKMHXSC9LQEEH0J8FXWQBI7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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