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US Navy's 'Aquanauts' Tested the Boundaries of Deep Diving. It Ended in Tragedy.

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Feb 12, 2019 12:04 PM 2+ mon ago

US Navys Aquanauts Tested the Boundaries of Deep Diving. It Ended in Tragedy.

Left to right: Sealab aquanauts Sanders Manning, Lester Anderson, Bob Barth and Robert Thompson, 1964.

In the 1960s, NASA's first astronauts tested the limits of human endurance far above the planet. Meanwhile, teams of intrepid divers explored similar boundaries in an equally inhospitable environment here on Earth: the dark, numbingly cold and high-pressure depths of the ocean.

Dubbed "Sealab," the grueling program was launched by the U.S. Navy during the Cold War. Participants called "aquanauts" trained to survive underwater in a pressurized environment for days at a time, at depths that created enormous physical challenges. Over three stages, the Sealab environments descended to greater and greater depths. But with the death of a diver in 1969, officials decided that the risks were too great, and they terminated the program.

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