As some of you may or may not know, starting November 12th I will be joining the team of Mission 31. This historic expedition, lead by Fabien Cousteau (grandson to the big guy himself), will entail 31 days at the Aquarius Reef Base. Aquarius, located in the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary, is the only remaining underwater habitat of it’s kind and allows scientists to do some pretty epic things. Epic things include: living underwater and being able to dive 6-9 hours a day without worrying about those pesky decompression limits. Mission 31 will be the longest mission to date, +1 day longer that J.C.’s original Conshelf expedition, making it a ground breaking part of history.
So what will the team be doing down there for 31 days (besides lunch dates with Aquaman)?
- SCIENCE!!!!– Dr. Mark Patterson and Dr. Brian Helmuth from Northeastern and Dr. Art Trembanis from University of Delaware have some pretty sexy science plans lined up. From looking at how corals respond to stress (using this crazy system that looks like a magic wand…making my dreams of going to Hogwarts that much more real….) to playing with underwater robots and mapping the seafloor. All of it looks so freaking cool, but I don’t want to give away all the juicy details just yet!! Have to keep the people wanting more.
- Survivor: Aquarius Edition– Though living underwater for 31 days can seem like living the dream (which it is), it actually is a bit harder than it sounds. You see once your down there for that long, you can’t easily surface because your body is “saturated” with nitrogen (i.e. 17 hour decompression required). So there will also be tests performed on the divers focusing on the physiology and psychological impacts of living with 6 other people in a tin can the size of a school bus, without sunlight, and immediate access to post-dive burritos.
- Inspiring the World– Besides the science, this is most definitely my favorite part. Anyone who wishes will be able to tune in to Mission 31 through real-time video and get in on the action (there may or may not be mad dance parties going on…you have been warned). Moreover, Mission 31 has teamed up with the cool kids from Skype so that the Aquanats and team members can talk with over 200,000 students all over the world. Boom. Major Marine Science Outreach.
See I told you. An Expedition of Epic Proportions…
So what can you do to get in on this?!
Well first of all, you can like “Mission 31” on FB or follow the shenanigans on the Twitter @Mission_31 (And trust me, there will be shenanigans).
You can share this post with all your friends, family, cousins, third aunts, people at school, people at the bar, pet chinchilla, and so on and so forth.
You can also help contribute to the cause–> Mission 31 Indiegogo
A mission of this magnitude is a pretty expensive endeavor, but you can help us reach more students, do more epic science, and inspire more people to care about our oceans!! <-Ultimate goal of my life. Also, along with any cool crowdfunding gifts you receive, I will write a personal thank-you letter to all who give in the name of Deep Sea News. Just send me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You have my eternal gratitude.
This is our chance to make Ocean Science even sexier than it already is and let everyone know about it. Join us and follow along.