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Voyage to Inner Space | NOAA National Undersearch Program

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How do we see into the sea? Even the most aquatically capable of us mere puny humans can only descend into the sea for a few minutes at best without the aid of technology. To study the sea requires that we observe it through a variety of means over protracted periods of time. Some of the ways we do this are by carrying our own Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) or having air pumped down via a hose, using unmanned tethered vehicles that are towed behind a vessel to photograph or sense the seafloor and water column, riding in piloted manned submersibles, or by programming autonomous underwater vehicles. Learn about some of the technology available to let us study the sea, the creatures in it, and the nature of the seafloor….

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NOAA's National Undersea Research Program (NURP) ~
Undersea Technologies Album

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Scuba Divers
and Wet Suits

vintage photo of early divers


or Authonomous
Robots (AUV's)


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Undersea Labs
(Habitats) &

Support Vessels & Shore Labs

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September 30, 2009