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Sealab: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor

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andlt;iandgt;Sealabandlt;/iandgt; is the underwater andlt;iandgt;Right Stuffandlt;/iandgt;: the compelling story of how a US Navy program sought to develop the marine equivalent of the space stationand#8212;and forever changed manand#8217;s relationship to the sea.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;While NASA was trying to put a man on the moon, the US Navy launched a series of daring experiments to prove that divers could live and work from a sea-floor base. When the first underwater and#8220;habitatand#8221; called Sealab was tested in the early 1960s, conventional dives had strict depth limits and lasted for only minutes, not the hours and even days that the visionaries behind Sealab wanted to achieveand#8212;for purposes of exploration, scientific research, and to recover submarines and aircraft that had sunk along the continental shelf. The unlikely father of Sealab, George Bond, was a colorful former country doctor who joined the Navy later in life and became obsessed with these unanswered questions: andlt;Iandgt;How long can a diver stay underwater? How deep can a diver go?andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Sealab never received the attention it deserved, yet the program inspired explorers like Jacques Cousteau, broke age-old depth barriers, and revolutionized deep-sea diving by demonstrating that living on the seabed was not science fiction. Today divers on commercial oil rigs and Navy divers engaged in classified missions rely on methods pioneered during Sealab.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Sealabandlt;/Iandgt; is a true story of heroism and discovery: men unafraid to test the limits of physical endurance to conquer a hostile undersea frontier. It is also a story of frustration and a government unwilling to take the same risks underwater that it did in space.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ben Hellwarth, a veteran journalist, interviewed many surviving participants from the three Sealab experiments and conducted extensive documentary research to write the first comprehensive account of one of the most important and least known experiments in US history.

Synopsis:

Sealab is the underwater Right Stuff: the compelling story of how a US Navy program sought to develop the marine equivalent of the space station—and forever changed man’s relationship to the sea.

While NASA was trying to put a man on the moon, the US Navy launched a series of daring experiments to prove that divers could live and work from a sea-floor base. When the first underwater “habitat” called Sealab was tested in the early 1960s, conventional dives had strict depth limits and lasted for only minutes, not the hours and even days that the visionaries behind Sealab wanted to achieve—for purposes of exploration, scientific research, and to recover submarines and aircraft that had sunk along the continental shelf. The unlikely father of Sealab, George Bond, was a colorful former country doctor who joined the Navy later in life and became obsessed with these unanswered questions: How long can a diver stay underwater? How deep can a diver go?

Sealab never received the attention it deserved, yet the program inspired explorers like Jacques Cousteau, broke age-old depth barriers, and revolutionized deep-sea diving by demonstrating that living on the seabed was not science fiction. Today divers on commercial oil rigs and Navy divers engaged in classified missions rely on methods pioneered during Sealab.

Sealab is a true story of heroism and discovery: men unafraid to test the limits of physical endurance to conquer a hostile undersea frontier. It is also a story of frustration and a government unwilling to take the same risks underwater that it did in space.

Ben Hellwarth, a veteran journalist, interviewed many surviving participants from the three Sealab experiments and conducted extensive documentary research to write the first comprehensive account of one of the most important and least known experiments in US history.

Synopsis:

The underwater Right Stuff : the story of how the U.S. Navy program tried to develop the marine equivalent of the space station—and why the Navy pulled the plug.

While NASA was trying to put a man on the moon, the U.S. Navy was trying to develop an underwater version of the space station, a habitat from which divers could work for extended periods to aid in undersea exploration and the recovery of submarines and aircraft. The U.S. Navy Sealab program has never received the attention it deserved, in part because it operated in the shadow of the space race. Yet, the Sealab program inspired explorers like Jacques Cousteau and led a revolution in deep-sea diving that broke age-old depth barriers and proved the potential for extended work deep underwater. Today, divers on commercial oil rigs as well as Navy divers who engage in classified missions use techniques and equipment pioneered in Sealab.

Ben Hellwarth has interviewed surviving members of the three Sealab experiments in addition to conducting archival research to tell this first comprehensive story about the Sealab program and the key people behind it, from its inception to its demise.

About the Author

Ben Hellwarth grew up in Los Angeles and began reporting, writing, and editing for papers in the Bay Area after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. He won a number of notable journalism awards in the 1990s as a staff writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press, then part of The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. He currently lives with his family in western Pennsylvania. Sealab is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743247450
Author:
Hellwarth, Ben
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Marine & Naval
Subject:
Military-Naval History
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp b-w insert
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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"Synopsis" by , Sealab is the underwater Right Stuff: the compelling story of how a US Navy program sought to develop the marine equivalent of the space station—and forever changed man’s relationship to the sea.

While NASA was trying to put a man on the moon, the US Navy launched a series of daring experiments to prove that divers could live and work from a sea-floor base. When the first underwater “habitat” called Sealab was tested in the early 1960s, conventional dives had strict depth limits and lasted for only minutes, not the hours and even days that the visionaries behind Sealab wanted to achieve—for purposes of exploration, scientific research, and to recover submarines and aircraft that had sunk along the continental shelf. The unlikely father of Sealab, George Bond, was a colorful former country doctor who joined the Navy later in life and became obsessed with these unanswered questions: How long can a diver stay underwater? How deep can a diver go?

Sealab never received the attention it deserved, yet the program inspired explorers like Jacques Cousteau, broke age-old depth barriers, and revolutionized deep-sea diving by demonstrating that living on the seabed was not science fiction. Today divers on commercial oil rigs and Navy divers engaged in classified missions rely on methods pioneered during Sealab.

Sealab is a true story of heroism and discovery: men unafraid to test the limits of physical endurance to conquer a hostile undersea frontier. It is also a story of frustration and a government unwilling to take the same risks underwater that it did in space.

Ben Hellwarth, a veteran journalist, interviewed many surviving participants from the three Sealab experiments and conducted extensive documentary research to write the first comprehensive account of one of the most important and least known experiments in US history.

"Synopsis" by , The underwater Right Stuff : the story of how the U.S. Navy program tried to develop the marine equivalent of the space station—and why the Navy pulled the plug.

While NASA was trying to put a man on the moon, the U.S. Navy was trying to develop an underwater version of the space station, a habitat from which divers could work for extended periods to aid in undersea exploration and the recovery of submarines and aircraft. The U.S. Navy Sealab program has never received the attention it deserved, in part because it operated in the shadow of the space race. Yet, the Sealab program inspired explorers like Jacques Cousteau and led a revolution in deep-sea diving that broke age-old depth barriers and proved the potential for extended work deep underwater. Today, divers on commercial oil rigs as well as Navy divers who engage in classified missions use techniques and equipment pioneered in Sealab.

Ben Hellwarth has interviewed surviving members of the three Sealab experiments in addition to conducting archival research to tell this first comprehensive story about the Sealab program and the key people behind it, from its inception to its demise.

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