Aquarius dives in Virgin Island

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Abstract

Scientists working on the ocean floor have a new sea bottom home in Aquarius, the advanced habitat launched in November 1987 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Aquarius has been placed on the seafloor in Salt Water Canyon off St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is expected to remain there for 1 o r 2 years. During that time, teams of six scientists will be able to live in the habitat and work on the seafloor for up to 9 hours each day. Aquarius, which houses labs, sleeping quarters, and a galley in its 13 × 3.6 × 5-meter space, cost NOAA $5.5 million.