According to the diver, the project, called Mission 31, is physically and psychologically exhausting, but the main problem is not to run the ball, but "financing"
Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau explorer, will live 31 days in Aquarius The scientific basis to break the record for staying underwater, belonging to his grandfather, who in 1963 spent 30 days at the submarine base Conshelf 2, Red Sea . Fabien arrive at the site on June 1 and will only come out on July 2, totaling 31 days.
According to the diver, the project, called Mission 31, is physically and psychologically exhausting, but the main problem is not to run the ball, but "financing".
In fact, the issue was scheduled for October 2013, just 50 years after the feat of his famous grandfather, but the paralysis that affected by that date the U.S. government, plus some financial difficulties, eventually sinking their plans. But the scientist could raise the money and now if you are ready for the feat.
Aquarius has no more than three meters wide and bunk housing researchers do not exceed 1.80 meters. But space, including a bathroom next to the kitchen that is only closed with a curtain, is not the main problem of the base. Its real problem is that is 19 meters under water, in the National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys, U.S.
The structure property of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. (Noaa, acronyms) and defined by divers as a school bus for their size and color, will host a new world record.
The ship is equipped to breathe normally, the scientists should not go with a wetsuit and oxygen tanks. Fabien has gone through a demanding training, which includes techniques for holding breath under water as long as possible, and to be underwater with eyes open and no mask. All this, in the event of a contingency under the sea.
"The main objective of the mission, he explains, is the human connection with the ocean in the context of exploration and discovery."
traslation: Belén Zapata