Has any­one al­ready tried liv­ing un­der­wa­ter?

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Div­ing pi­o­neer Jac­ques-Yves Cousteau built the first in­hab­ited un­der­wa­ter habi­tat in 1962. Called Con­shelf 1, this steel cylin­der was home, for a week, to two divers. They were sub­merged off the coast of Mar­seilles at a depth of 10m, study­ing marine life and even build­ing an un­der­wa­ter farm.

Un­der­wa­ter liv­ing isn’t just for oceanog­ra­phers, though. In 1970, an all-fe­male team of US ‘aqua­nauts’ spent over 10 days 15m un­der­wa­ter in the Caribbean. The aim of the mis­sion, called Tek­tite II and part-funded by NASA, was to study the psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects of liv­ing in close quar­ters, in an en­vi­ron­ment sim­i­lar to that of a space­craft. Nowa­days, there are a hand­ful of un­der­wa­ter re­search labs around the world.

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