ENTERING AQUARIUS – Undersea Laboratory Tour

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Today, our boat headed out to the Aquarius
Reef Base where the aquanauts will live, work, eat, and sleep on the ocean floor for the
next 7 days. I'm a technology and oceans reporter and when I heard that Aquarius was having
it's last scheduled mission, I had to check it out for myself. My dive buddies were Marc Ostrick, from One
World One Ocean, and Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of Jacques Cousteau. Fabien Cousteau is visiting Aquarius because
his grandfather created the first underwater habitats 50 years ago. We were the first to visit the aquanauts and
get a tour of the habitat as they moved into their new home. Its moving in day, 20,000 millimeters under
the sea; one of the coolest pieces of real estate on the planet. We just got here a few
minutes ago and now we're moving in. You can see there's lots of action in the bunkroom. There's a lot going on. There's a lot of pots
coming down right now with all of the electronics and I'm just eating a cracker. There's actually
wireless internet access, so, we're underwater and there's wireless internet access. You
can surf the web. We've also got a million dollar view out here.
It's a prime piece of real estate. We eat our meals here. It's just a wonderful place
to take in the predator show at night but most of the time we're actually outside. That's
the whole purpose of this underwater space station is not be in it but to be out on the
reef doing our experiments and studying this wonderful coral reef. This is my third experience here and I hope
not my last. It's like a dream come true. Its what little kids dream about and, here we are,
we can be little kids realizing our dreams. It was a really unique experience interviewing
Sylvia Earle in Aquarius. She's lived underwater nine times before this and I think that makes
her the most experienced of any aquanaut around. These are all valves that control the air
around the habitat. These are all switches, almost like a breaker in your house. You do
not want to hit that red button right there. You don't want to hit that button. Right here,
as you can see, that's actually the live webcam going out to the Internet. Over here, we have
the galley. We have our sink. We've got hot water, a microwave. Somebody was making Mac
n' Cheese there. Up here, we have a lot of food. Yummy M&Ms. That's not a place for M&Ms
but they are very, very good. We've learned how to take showers and keep
the habitat nice and dry, you know, where to hang our towels. Aquanaut etiquette. These doors all have O-ring seals. These are
all sealing surfaces. We can actually close these doors and pressurize the inside cabin
to a different pressure. This is where we'll decompress at the end of the mission. We'll
bring the inside pressure here all the way up to sea level with the doors shut and then
we'll do a very short dive to the surface. Brian, we're going to have to wrap it up.
1 minute. The aquanauts can be down there for 7 days
straight because they are saturating but since we are just scuba divers, we've only got an
hour in the lab and, for that hour you have, it goes by so quick. Before you know it, it's
just time to leave. Sylvia and the other aquanauts were gracious hosts
and I look forward to visiting them again.


ViiV Creations · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

so is this for training for ISS space?

Jimmy Coe · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

At around 1:00, you can see the entrance is completely open. Why doesn't water pour in? I'm sure holes like that would wreck any normal submarine.

Zachary Misel · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am


Aiden Blakley · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

it sucks

Braiden Robson · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

It looks and sounds cool until you realise that it is only a mere 19 meters underwater

wotever99ninynine Hamilton · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

holy shoot thats cool, humankind needs to do more cool stuff like this instead of just buying and selling iphones, lol. we could build a bioshock.. but a peaceful one. what about building a super deep base? that would be cool. and does this remind anyone of sealab 2021? that lady "thats what little kids dream about, and here we are, we can be like little kids realising our dreams" awesome lady, awesome place. if i had as much money as say, katy perry? tom cruise? taylor swift? i would try and build something like this.. not sure even rich celebrities could afford that though i guess. but we need to… its so cool, could build it out of concrete and insulated steel/ stainless steel/ i dont know. so it lasts damn near forever, can you utilize the sea currents somehow for power? etc

Matthew Brown · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

I bet it smells really bad in there

TEMPLE of FLESH · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

The age of Aquarius *illuminati confirmed

Morporkshortman · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

"If you're looking for me, you better check under the sea, at Sea Lab! Underneath the water! Sea Lab! At the bottom of the sea….."

fastcarfastbike · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

can anyone tell me how they feed oxygen in there? and how long before they need to add oxygen to the air pocket>?

neatodd · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

Nice video spoilt by unnecessary and distracting background music

CaptainFlamFlam · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

Huh… This is funny… I named my base in Subnautica Aquarius…

Jay Yang · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

then an asteroid strucks earth, forcing them to try to survive in the ocean by creating an AI that will be able to help them with the process…..ahh that sounds familiar.

Paul P · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

Where can I look at the live feed from down there? The links in the description didn't help me xD

Norman Buiko · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

"TWENTY THOUSAND millimeters under the sea."

WolfMan · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

Why cant you just stay on a boat above a reef seriously

bringoutthelegos · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

Internet access? Can you play BIOSHOCK down there?

"Hello Internet, today I'm played no BIOSHOCK underwater!"

Mcdicks · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am


Zahirul Islam · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

hI THIS IS JUST INCREDIBLE… I want to visit one day if it is really still running….I want to know is there pressure control necessary in down there or just what is remain. and the habitants can remain safe with that ? Can I have a look to the maintaining protocol ..?

HatsOff2TheBull · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

if they seem giddy and delirious it's because of the high levels of dissolved nitrogen in their bloodstream at that depth – akin to nitrous oxide AKA laughing gas lol

nothing · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

What a crappy place first of All it is too small ,you Have to take your shower in a rusty bathroom, there is not enought cupboard to cary the dishes soap, and then you have to eat kraft dinner to survive even if you know that you can eat a better meal !

rixille · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

Pretty awesome habitat. But one thing: "You do not want to hit that red button" <— Why is that red button unprotected? Shouldn't there be a hard cover on top so people don't accidentally hit it (you know, tripping over, etc?)

Rosa I Monahan · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

WooooooW, woundeful Proyect, it is a blessing enjoy the creation of the Lord our Mother Earth it is the best Gift from the Lord to Humans , let's go taking care our beautiful Mother Earth.💌

Ray Hopkins · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

entering Aquarius? one world one ocean? pyramid logo? these guys are obviously french

Koen Jochems · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

What a sweet career that would be. I hope they also had a chance to investigate the effects of the 19 meter down club. It's no longer just for the a mile high club, its the full vertical club

Gustavo Morejón · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

That's a dream come true … I've been always working in the rainforests and always thought that we are too fortunate to be able to study such ecosystems.  But the rainforest's equivalent undersea, are coral reefs and you guys are really making that dream come true for one of the less understood ecosystems on Earth.  Best wishes from the rainforest.

George Washington · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

am i the only one that left this video thinking "what happens if you hit the red button"?

Carl Murray Photography · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

7 people disliked this video.

No metaphors here. Just facts.

nadia perez · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am


Marc Ostrick · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

yep. when they dive all day, the aquanauts burn 1000s of calories and are starving.

Suh dude · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

The red button shuts off al power supply

Rene' Descartes · May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

I see. A life support buoy would be more efficient at providing air and fuel to a stationary undersea structure.

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